Tuesday, May 26, 2015Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New York raises minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21

Published on May 19, 2014 6:07 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York raised the minimum wage to buy cigarettes to 21 on Sunday, in its latest initiative to encourage healthier behaviour among residents.

The law, signed Nov 19 shortly before former mayor Michael Bloomberg finished his second term, had a six-month waiting period before it came into effect – but its impact can already be clearly felt.

“Under 21, no tobacco,” warned a small sign at the entrance of a small shop that sells smokes, newspapers, candy, coffee and cakes, in the Nolita neighbourhood (North of Little Italy).

No tobacco, either, for anyone who can’t present a valid ID proving their age. Shopkeeper scan IDs to test their authenticity before handing over the box of cigarettes.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!