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New York Proposed Tobacco Law

Two New York lawmakers are trying to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Smoking Age

April 29, 2013

New York---[WENY]---Two New York lawmakers are trying to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. It's a battle pretty evenly split. People who support raising the legal age to buy tobacco at 21 say it will help keep cigarettes out of the hands of young people. Opponents say making something a law, doesn't ensure people will follow it.

     "I don't think people are going to follow it, they don't follow it now. I mean it's very easy for someone to walk into a store and buy cigarettes for somebody else and come out and hand them the pack," says Hannah Glover a smoker.

     That's why some long-time smokers who started young say it's a step in the right direction.

     "I started young and I wish I didn't, and I'm still addicted, I've tried numerous ways to quit I mean I'm getting there but still, if they can ban it all together it'd be great honestly, and I'm a smoker," says Pat Comstock a smoker.

     Local smokers I spoke to say a higher age limit will be bad for business too.

     "I think the government is getting to involved in everything that's going on, we're supposed to be a free country and look what's going on around us," says John McCormic a smoker.

     Some already drive over the border to buy cigarettes in Pennsylvania because they're cheaper. A higher age limit in New york would drive more business out of state, but keep in mind right now, this is just a proposal.