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New law upsets young smokers in New York

Young smokers at New York University say the new law won’t make them quit.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law in October a bill that prohibits New Yorkers under the age of 21 from purchasing cigarettes. The law, which was approved by city council with a vote of 35 to 10, will go into effect in early 2014. Retailers that violate the law will be fined up to $1,000 for a first time offense, $2,000 for a second offense and will have their license revoked for repeat offenses within a three year period. New York City is the first major city to raise the smoking age to 21.