NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Health officials and anti-smoking advocates rallied in support of three measures to crack down on cigarette sales currently under consideration by the City Council.
The bills before the City Council would reduce the visibility and accessibility of cigarettes. The council’s health committee took up debate Thursday on the proposals.
The most talked about measure would raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the proposals would save lives.
“Preventing young people from smoking is critical. We know that 80 percent of New York City adult smokers started smoking regularly before reaching the age of 21,” Farley told reporters including WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.