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NYC votes to raise smoking age

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New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's move to stymie smoking among young New Yorkers moved one step closer to realization Wednesday when the City Council voted overwhelmingly to bump the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21.

"We know that tobacco dependence can begin very soon after a young person first tries smoking, so it's critical that we stop young people from smoking before they ever start," Bloomberg said in a statement.

The mayor has 30 days to sign the bill into law, after which time young smokers will have 180 days to stock up before the ban.

The City Council also voted in favor of a $10.50-a-pack minimum price for cigarettes, and for steps to bolster law enforcement on illegal tobacco sales.

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