NYC agrees to ban tobacco sales to those under 21
Posted Oct 31, 2013 3:15 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A planned New York City ban on supersize sugary drinks was nixed by the judicial branch. However, the city council on Wednesday passed what was described as life-saving legislation to ban sales of tobacco products to those under 21.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has said he will sign the bill, which would take effect six months later, the New York Times (reg. req.) reports.
The measure contains other provisions that also are intended to discourage tobacco use. But a so-called display ban, which would have prohibited retailers from openly stocking cigarettes on store shelves was eliminated. Proponents feared that a First Amendment challenge, if successful, could have derailed the entire bill, the newspaper explains.
Bloomberg: " New York City Council Raises Legal Age for Tobacco to 21"
NBC New York: "City Council Votes to Raise Cigarette Purchase Age to 21"