Dr. Thomas Farley, the Commissioner of the NYC Health Department, joined WOR’s Hilarie Barsky to discuss the city’s latest public health initiative in trying to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. This new proposal, just announced by Farley and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would give New York the strictest limits of any major city.
“By making it so that you can’t sell to someone under the age of 21, we’re going to make it harder for kids under the age of 18 to get cigarettes too,” Farley told Hilarie Tuesday morning. Farley argued that the majority of adults in NYC who smoke today started smoking before the age of 21. Do you think this is a good idea? You can listen to the interview below.