In New York for this one must be 18 to be allowed to buy cigarettes in public places. According to local officials, eight of 10 adults started smoking regularly when they were aged under 21 years. Those aged under 18 were obtained cigarettes from their counterparts who only a few years older.
Despite the increase in cigarette tax effect on decreasing the number of smokers by 15 points among youth between 1999 and 2007, the number of school-age smokers is still steady at 8.5 per cent over the past six years. A pack of cigarettes in New York state taxable worth 4.35 U.S. dollars and 1.5 city tax dollars. New York was becoming the most expensive city for smokers.
"Too many adult smokers start the habit before the age of 21. Given the delays in access to the children and youth to tobacco products are deadly, so we raised the tendency when they started smoking and it will make a healthier city," said City Council speaker New York, Christine Quinn, like Reuters. Act (Act) that marks the latest effort to combat smoking in New York.
Thomas Farley said the health of the commission, it is the most significant way to prevent deaths in the city. In 2003, Bloomberg banned smoking in bars and restaurants. Smoking is also prohibited in public places, including parks. U.S. states prohibit the sale of cigarettes to young children, and most apply a minimum smoking age at 18 years. Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey, and Utah even regulate cigarette buyers at least 19 years old.
Based on reports of health institutions in the U.S. in 2012, most tobacco use begins at the age of children and adolescents. Smokers who started young also tend habits since it is difficult to stop. The agency also noted, as many as 88 percent of adult smokers started smoking in New York at the age of 18 years.
In fact, currently one of four high school students (high school) in the United States aged 17 to 18 years smoke regularly. Half of those who continue to smoke are also recorded was 13 years shorter than their peers who do not.