New York City aims to ban cigarette sales for under age 21

NEW YORK, April 22 Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:13am EDT

NEW YORK, April 22 (Reuters) - New York City, home to bans on trans fats and salt, is taking a step toward outlawing sales of cigarettes to anyone under age 21.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, running to replace health conscious Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is due on Monday to announce legislation to increase the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18, the current limit.

On nearby Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties have boosted their legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 19. (Reporting by Edith Honan; Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)