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Christine Quinn fights to raise smoking age to 21 in New York State

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City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn was at City Hall Sunday to announce legislation to raise the smoking age in New York State.

The new bill would raise the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.

A week ago, Quinn proposed the idea to the city — now it’s going statewide.

She says almost 12% of high school students in New York are smokers.

Also 88% of adult smokers in New York started at age 18.

Critics say kids will find a way to get cigarettes at any age and the restrictions will just hurt businesses.


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