Posted in general on October 31, 2013

20-year-old Chance the Rapper will not be able to buy his cigarettes when he visits NYC
Chance

Heads up to the young smokers in NYC: buying cigarettes is about to get (theoretically) harder, at least until you're 21. The New York Times reports:

The legal age for buying tobacco, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos will rise to 21, from 18, under a bill adopted by the City Council and which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has said he would sign. The new minimum age will take effect six months after signing.

The proposal provoked some protest among people who pointed out that New Yorkers under 21 can drive, vote and fight in wars, and should be considered mature enough to decide whether to buy cigarettes. But the Bloomberg administration's argument -- that raising the age to buy cigarettes would discourage people from becoming addicted in the first place -- won the day.

"This is literally legislation that will save lives," Christine C. Quinn, the Council speaker, said shortly before the bill passed 35 to 10.

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The new law is a capstone to more than a decade of efforts by Mr. Bloomberg, like banning smoking in most public places, that have given the city some of the toughest antismoking policies in the world.

In one concession to the cigarette industry, the administration dropped a proposal that would force retailers to keep cigarettes out of sight. City officials said they were doing it because they had not resolved how to deal with the new phenomenon of electronic cigarettes, but others worried that if the tobacco industry lodged a First Amendment challenge to the so-called display ban, it could have derailed the entire package.

The smoking age is 18 in most of the country, but some states have made it 19. Some counties have also adopted 19, including Nassau and Suffolk on Long Island. Needham, Mass., a suburb of Boston, raised the smoking age to 21 in 2005.

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Comments (51)

Cigarettes: more dangerous than going to war

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:54 AM

and voting!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:56 AM

Michael Bloomberg is the worst mayor your city has ever had. Goodbye to what little freedom remains. i hope to GOD this buffoon never decides to run for President; i fear my fellow citizens are just dumb enough to vote for him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:04 PM

States have the rights to choose what laws are best to govern its people. I think that it's great, especially now that we need healthy young people to sign up for Obamacare to make sure that it doesn't fail.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:07 PM

Smoking causes cancer.

Why would you want cancer?

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:08 PM

Why is this article here? Troll bait...

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:12 PM

i love cigarettes and will sell them at bootleg prices to all my friends under 21.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:13 PM

I don't understand why young people smoke. Everyone knows how bad it is for you.

I am not an anti-smoking advocate, but I cannot believe that some people still want to start to smoke.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:17 PM

12:17 you sound like a total square. Everyone know all the cool kids smoke.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:35 PM

They should lower the drinking age to even out the stupidity of youth

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:36 PM

Nothing like a smoke after eating a tub of hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:41 PM

digusting habit. my empty beer cans and bottles get picked up by the homeless so they can go buy food or drugs. the cigarette butts just rot on the ground

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 12:51 PM

Master Qui Gon, I heard Master Yoda talking about Midichlorians. I've been wondering... what are Midichlorians?

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 1:02 PM

Just making it cooler...

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 1:03 PM

Chance the Who? I'm more shocked that this guy is popular - who cares about the smoking law. You shouldn't be smoking anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 1:11 PM

Every single good musician in the universe smokes

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 1:17 PM

I completely agree with 12:47. People knew cigarettes were bad in the 60's/70's, but they didn't know how bad. Modern day youth is made aware of the perils of smoking. Yet, they still pay $15 for a pack.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 1:28 PM

anyone wanna play cee lo in the pink houses lata??

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 1:37 PM

Solution for 18-20 years old smokers:

Smoke electronic cigarettes.

Congrats to the NYC government for passing a bill which will increase drug use because if 18-20 year old smokers can't smoke, they'll find another fix.

This bill will also create a black market for cigarettes.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 2:02 PM

Nanny State... Screw big government.

RAND PAUL 2016!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 2:05 PM

this is what happens when hipsters vote for our politicians. everything becomes artisanal and funded by trust funds from Minnehio. welcome to disneyland, I mean new york, in the 21st century. hipster cigarettes for 21 year olds.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 2:10 PM

I saw a non smoker get hit by a bus. Non smokers die every day.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 2:46 PM

smokers raise the health care costs of non-smokers

Posted by chump | October 31, 2013 2:55 PM

^ meat eaters raise the health care cost for vegetarians.
So what's your point?

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:03 PM

hipsters raise costs for non-hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:22 PM

smoking is fucking awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:41 PM

non-hipsters raise costs for the d-bag set.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:43 PM

Non-smokers support murder in the third world and refer to 9/11 as a performance-art project.

Smoke. Just fucking smoke. Tomorrow never knows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:51 PM

Smoking is for losers... go on and smoke 'em, Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 3:59 PM

damn straight

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 4:11 PM

I'm smoking as I type this, and it's very satisfying.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 4:39 PM

I'm drinking scotch, smoking, and getting my dick sucked. Nothing better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 5:29 PM

Getting head is the next things liberals are going to try to ban calling it sexual assault against women.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 5:40 PM

I enjoy a cigarette when drinking, moderation my friends!

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 7:02 PM

I'm posting just to say that I have nothing to say about this or any other topic. I just like posting in the comments section.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 8:00 PM

Asking for a smoke outside the bar at 2AM has been the best pickup line since for fucking ever.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 8:07 PM

^ Yeah, girls really wanna meet strange guys outside in front of a bar at 2am, LOL.

I pick up girls away from bars, thank you, and if I picked up a girl at one, I would actually pick her up inside the bar not outside like some starving and/or sneaky wolf.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 10:06 PM

D, don't front... We know you pick up guys. In fact, I heard Chelsea is your neighborhood of choice.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 10:08 PM

I expected you to say that LOL.

Actually, you're the one who picks up guys since you run your mouth about how I'm gay and be preoccupied with my sexual orientation at every turn.

Let's say I was gay. That's better than being a zero pussy-getting asexual like you.

Posted by D | October 31, 2013 10:25 PM

I think that there are too many cigarette smokers outside of buildings. They need to go away from the entrances and sidewalks next to buildings. Make that illegal and stop hassling other people. They are addicted and should have to get tickets for smoking around me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:30 PM

I used to think D was just an awesome troll, but as of late I'm starting to seriously doubt it.

(D)ipshit = Exhibit A in the argument for choosing the wife and kids combo. Take note, Hipsterati. You don't want to end up like this.

I doubt (D)umbass had much choice in the matter, but still. Choose life.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2013 11:41 PM

The biggest online doushebags are often found to have fathered children with mothers estranged to them since just past conception. Do you need me to explain the correlation? Wife and kids is not something you order at Applebee's. Anyone who considers themself a member of the "Hipsterati" would probably give your advice serious consideration, though, so there's that going for ya.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:46 AM

^ This is exactly what I'm talking about, kids. Beware. Be very ware.

Also, I really wish I could order hummus at Applebee's. Shit would be Linsane.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 1:25 AM

I'd rather be what I am, with wife and kids that I don't diminish as a "combo", than you with your meme speak. "Be very ware" is the funniest thing you ever posted, quit at your personal peak.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 1:49 AM

11:41pm you are a sad sack shithead obsessed with me.

You have no wife or kids and are miserable for it, so you say I am the same because "misery loves company".

The less "hipsterati" procreate the better. No generation of kids who think the classic are Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, and Vampire Weekend LOL.

Posted by D | November 1, 2013 3:01 AM

was contemplating quitting but na-uh, I'm a rebel.

Posted by poop on bloomie | November 1, 2013 11:51 AM

@1:49 & 3:01

Play 'em off keyboard cat!

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:38 PM

when I worked in a kmart I would see all of the other employees go take cigarette breaks when I was at the back register, companies should do something about that

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 2:07 PM

Son, my boy D got opinions that destroy you like 42 decks... And his unwavering comment stamina is proof he be shooting up on that golden brown colored hummus with uncut Phyto-Nuttients. Don't f*ck with D, or you get the D in the B... Knameen?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 2:49 PM

"Let's say I was gay. That's better than being a zero pussy-getting asexual like you.
Posted by D | October 31, 2013 10:25 PM"

Do we have an admission here that D likes the D in the B???

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 3:49 PM

"That's better than being a zero pussy-getting asexual like you."

^ Is... is this irony? Seriously, I have no idea. That Alanis Morissette song really threw me for a loop and I've never recovered.

Could really use a screaming female story right about now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 5:08 PM

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