As promised by the soon-departing Mayor Bloomberg, as of today, you have to be 21 years old to buy tobacco products in New York. Bloomberg, the City Health Commissioner and the New York City Council have thereby restored that rebellious edge smoking seems to lose once you turn 18 and start making legal bodega runs for cigarettes, just like the rest of us.
That’s right, 18-year-olds! You are old enough to vote, get married, and buy porn but you can’t buy cigarettes (which are now priced at a legal minimum of $10.50 per pack).
City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the idea is to make it more inconvenient for young people to get started, especially young teens who had previously had easy access to cigarettes through slightly older peers.
Now those “slightly older peers” will be slightly older.
It’s all because Bloomberg doesn’t want you to die from smoking. You are, however, free to join the military and take your chances.
As for more natural smokable tobacco-alternatives, you’re probably shit out of luck if want to get some rolling papers or a bowl.