The Big Apple has gotten much ink in the last 24 hours as its city council passed a measure to raise the age limit for cigarettes from 18 to 21. In a move that rattled the cages of some in the e-cigarette industry, those devices, too, fall under the new requirement. Fortunately, more draconian measures like banning the sale of flavors were dropped from the final version of the rule.
NYC council votes to make tobacco-buying age 21The city Health Department said in a statement that the measure was taken off the table because “with the arrival of e-cigarettes, more time is needed to determine how best to address this problem.”
E-cigarette makers say their products are healthier than tobacco, and a trade association leader bristled at the city's proposal to prevent people under 21 from buying them.
“Is 21 the right number? People can join the Army at 18,” said Ray Story, founder of the Atlanta-based Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.