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New York Proposes Raising Cigarette-Buying Age To 21

A local physician and lung specialist says he's all for a proposal being considered in New York City that would raise the cigarette-buying age from 18 to 21.

Dr. John Stevenson, former chair of the Publicity Committee for the American Lung Association of Wisconsin -- and former smoker -- says addiction to nicotine is as difficult to deal with as addiction to heroin and he'd be in favor of any efforts to curtail its use.

Others say if an 18-year-old can serve in the military and go to war he or she should be able to buy a pack of cigarettes.

The New York Times says the proposal would give New York the highest such age in the country among major cities.

The smoking age is 18 in most of the country, but 19 in four states: Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah. Some counties have also adopted 19, and Needham, Mass., a suburb of Boston, has raised its smoking age to 21.


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