New York considers raising age limit on tobacco

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MASON CITY, IA-The mayor of New York is suggesting another big change to benefit the overall health of the city.

The proposed law would raise the minimum age of tobacco purchases from 18 to 21.
Cerro Gordo county health officials are weighing in.

The tobacco program manager says while she doesn’t know if it will work, it’s always good to enact public health initiatives.

And in this case, she says those three years can mean a big difference in brain development.

“When people start an addictive chemical use like nicotine, the younger they are when they begin that..the more difficult.  Studies show that over time, over and over again, that it is more difficult to quit in later years because of that,” said Penny McCaslin with the Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health.

Critics of the proposed law say 18-year-olds are considered adults and should be able to make the decision to smoke or not.

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