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Nationwide Fight Begins Over Raising Tobacco Age to 21

New York City councilmen voted Wednesday to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21, a measure that will go into effect six months after it's signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a zealous anti-smoking advocate.

The Big Apple measure – which soared 35-10 through the city council – is part of a nationwide effort that seeks to make illegal the sale of tobacco to young adults.

In New Jersey, legislators are likely to debate a bill soon that would raise that state's age limit to 21. New Jersey is currently tied for the highest statewide tobacco age limit, at 19.

Richard Codey, governor of New Jersey from 2004 to 2006, helped bump the state's age limit from 18 to 19 less than 10 years ago. He's now a state senator and the sponsor of new age limit legislation, which he is confident will prevail – and possibly help start a chain-reaction.


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In other news, the average age at which people first...

...realize that Michael Bloomberg is a disgusting teetotaling yankee fascist prick has dropped from 13 to 12, while the frequency with which the average New Yorker fantasizes about throwing their mayor into the Hudson tied to a large boulder has risen to an all-time high.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

As I understand it, most kids

As I understand it, most kids who smoke start around 12 to 14. There will simply be more of a high-priced underground market for cigarettes.

And not a single one of them voted

to arrest the big tobacco execs for intentionally addicting people to their product and causing the deaths of millions. Not a single one voted to impeach the politicians who took tax payer money to subsidize the tobacco industry. Not a single one actually cares about the people they are making these laws to "protect".

These are the kind of laws that are designed to generate revenue plain and simple as that. The cigarettes will still be sold but now the state gets to drag in millions from fines and penalties.