New york city votes to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21 — the wire

Update Later on Wednesday, the New York City Council voted 35 to 10 to pass a bill raising the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Original Post Depending on how a City Council vote goes down today, you might need to be 21 to purchase cigarettes in New York City. The City Council is expected to vote today on a measure that would raise the smoking age in the city, where it’s getting harder and harder to smoke every day, to 21. And if it passes, it will take aim at the cool kids in high school (yes some things never change, the cool kids in high school still smoke) who are starting their countdowns to lung cancer.

«Why are we doing this? Well let’s look at the data. Eighty percent of adult smokers in New York City started before age 21,» City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is quoted as saying in a report from CBS New York. The measure also includes e cigarettes, and is seen as one more battle in Mayor Michael Bloomberg ongoing mission to make smoking in New York as difficult and expensive as possible. «Over his years in office, the city at times with the council’s involvement helped impose the highest cigarette taxes in the country, barred smoking at parks and on beaches and conducted sometimes graphic advertising campaigns about the hazards of smoking,» NBC New York reported, adding that officials say adult smoking rates in the city are currently at 14.8 percent versus 21.5 percent nine years ago.

Federal law says that the smoking age is 18 meaning young people born in 1995 are allowed to buy cigarettes right now but cities and municipalities are allowed to raise that age. In ancient Greek states some places the age is 19, and in Needham, Mass. you have be 21. And if the City Council votes to pass the measure today, New York City would become the biggest city in the country put the 21 year old age requirement on cigarettes.

Where can i buy electronic cigarettes in stores?

When vaping first came to the UK in 2007, interested smokers were asking themselves, «Where can I buy electronic cigarettes in stores?» This was a valid question given the fact that there were so few online retailers back then, and even fewer offering e cigarettes at brick and mortar outlets. A lot has changed in six years.

For example, VAPESTICK products are now available at nationally known retail outlets like Costco, Tesco, and Makro. They can also be found at Princes Pharmacies and Harrods Pharmacy in London, as well as at Londis, WH Smith (Travel), Petrogas Forecourts and 1,000 s more stockists all across the country. Regardless of where you live, you are now likely to find a retail outlet near you that sells VAPESTICK.

Of course, there are those who prefer to shop online whenever possible. That’s no problem. E cigarette companies like ourselves offer our full range of products and flavours through our online stores. Shopping online gives you the advantage of doing so on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. Your order is packed up and delivered right to your door in a timely manner.

Electronic Cigarettes Gaining Shelf Space

The explosive popularity of e cigarettes is one of the biggest reasons why the products are gaining more and more shelf space at pharmacies, convenience stores, and supermarkets. You can even find them being sold at bars and pubs now, as a way of inviting back some of the smoking customers that were lost when the smoking ban went into effect in 2007.

Convenient Store News often quotes Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog, who believes e cigarettes will overtake traditional tobacco, in terms of retail sales, within the next 10 years. That’s a pretty lofty projection but one that shouldn t be bet against.

Things to Know When Buying Electronic Cigarettes

Regardless of whether you buy your electronic cigarettes in a store or online, there are couple of things you should know. First and foremost is the reality that in any industry there will always be players offering cheap products, with no concerns about quality, or customer satisfaction. These organisations are usually only interested in making a quick buck before moving on to the next product.

Second, there are a few dominant brands, like VAPESTICK, that have set the bar for quality. In the UK, the best companies to deal with are members of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA). As members of the association, each company is responsible for making sure their products meet laid down safety and quality standards at all times. For many of the members, exceeding those standards is actually the norm.

When you buy electronic cigarettes in stores, look for a brand name with a good reputation. We encourage you to visit the ECITA website to find out more about the standards met by its members. In addition, take the time to find out what other vapers are saying about particular brands. On our website, we are seeing new comments continually left by our customers.

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