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YOUR THREE CENTS:Do you think raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 is a good idea?
The age to legally buy cigarettes in New York City would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday,
It would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.
The proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products the same as for purchasing liquor.
But it would not prohibit people under 21 from possessing or even smoking cigarettes.
The plan is already drawing fire from people who say it's ridiculous that 18 year old New Yorkers can drive, vote, and fight in wars.... but wouldn't be able to buy a pack of smokes.
Supporters say that people typically make the transition from experimental smoking to regular smoking around age 20, and that by making cigarettes harder to get at a young age the city would make it less likely that people would become lifelong addicts.
Do you think raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 is a good idea?
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