NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City’s anti-smoking rules are about to get a whole lot tougher. A new bill would raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. Businesses that sell tobacco products to kids could lose their licenses.
On Monday it was personal. Queens Councilman James Gennaro (D-24th) teared up as he joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley to sponsor a bill to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in New York City, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
“We lost her to lung cancer,” Gennaro said. “This disease took my mother because she started smoking when she was 18 and it has taken many other people’s mothers.
“We really, really have to do this.”