NYC proposes raising minimum age for cigarette purchases from 18 to 21

  • Article by: JENNIFER PELTZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 1:38 AM
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Mark27Apr. 22, 1311:14 AM

All that happens with laws like this is deferred experimentation and, as a result, prolonged youthful indiscretions. As the culture makes teen smoking less acceptable and with tougher penalties for those who do partake, it isn't killing curiosity, it's just moving it forward to the college years. So when a 22-year-old is partaking in the same foolish behavior that 14-year-olds used to, simply because it's the first opportunity he or she is able to do so, we're merely extending the years where young people will behave immaturely. If anything (and I'm being facetious here...sort of), there should be a maximum smoking age of, say, 50 years old....because that's when the health effects of smoking start appearing in the average smoker, and is also the age when most smokers would prefer to quit rather than experiment with starting.

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Mark27Apr. 22, 1312:02 PM

It's also worth noting that this sort of creeping nanny-statism is a large reason why we can't have sensible gun laws in this country. Every victory for the likes of Bloomberg and his ilk on their pet issues simply emboldens them to move the goalposts further. They've been doing it for decades on anything related to smoking and show no signs of slowing down, so when this same crowd (including Bloomberg personally) says they have no interest in taking the guns away from Middle America....Middle America doesn't believe them....and work to kill sensible legislation out of fear of the slippery slope. Perhaps if these people could ever bargain in good faith, we might actually be able to do background checks on criminals buying guns right now.

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davehougApr. 22, 1312:03 PM

Do we want a country with UNLIMITED government authority or do we want a country with LIMITED government authority???? What do you think our founding fathers thought???

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palsarApr. 22, 1312:06 PM

More Gov't control over a person's life. More social engineering via legislation.

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islamslobApr. 22, 1312:06 PM

And to make up for the tax revenue shortfall raise taxes by another $1.50 a pack?

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slackergalApr. 22, 13 1:32 PM

The cigarrette tax in New York City is an unbelievable $4.85 per pack (New York City ($1.50 per pack) plus New York State ($4.35)). What cuts are the government officials gonna make to compensate for this huge reduction in tax revenue?

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heilthumperApr. 22, 13 3:37 PM

In New York city a pack of cigs costs about $12.50. Bloomberg is gonna have to raise the EBT card allotment to keep up with those prices.

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kkjerApr. 22, 13 3:42 PM

Another black market being created, UPS will love that. Cigarettes are already being shipped all over the US to beat the taxes, now they will have a big market increase because of age. Way to go politicians. Ban some more stuff.

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heilthumperApr. 22, 13 3:46 PM

500,000 smoking kids in that age bracket X 300 Packs per year X $12.50/pack = $1,875,000,000 in lost revenue....which equates to $727,500,000 in lost taxe revenue. The city will never allow this to happen!!!

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jcinmnApr. 22, 13 3:55 PM

Mark27 "It's also worth noting that this sort of creeping nanny-statism is a large reason why we can't have sensible gun laws in this country. Every victory for the likes of Bloomberg and his ilk on their pet issues simply emboldens them to move the goalposts further. They've been doing it for decades on anything related to smoking and show no signs of slowing down, so when this same crowd (including Bloomberg personally) says they have no interest in taking the guns away from Middle America....Middle America doesn't believe them....and work to kill sensible legislation out of fear of the slippery slope. Perhaps if these people could ever bargain in good faith, we might actually be able to do background checks on criminals buying guns right now" It sounds like you're talking about the GOP considering WMD and "If we don't stop them in Afghanistan we'll see them here" and all other propaganda that the GOP is famous for thanks to Ronald Reagan propaganda minister for the war department in the 40's. He learned from the best, Adolf and Josef. "Tell the same lie enough times and it becomes the new truth"

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