New Jersey Lawmakers Announce Smoking Age-Boosting Bill in New York

Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey today at City Hall. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey today at City Hall. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

The nanny state is creeping across the border.

New Jersey lawmakers traveled all the way to New York City Hall Thursday to announce their plans to introduce legislation boosting the tobacco purchase age in the Garden State to 21. The announcement comes less than a month after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled similar plans for the city, which were quickly followed by lawmakers in Albany.

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Bloomberg Credits Britain for Inspiring Him to Raise Smoking Age

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was also skeptical about raising the age on cigarette sales. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Conde Nast)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was also skeptical about raising the age on cigarette sales. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Conde Nast)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that he, too, had his doubts about a plan to boost the age on purchasing cigarettes, until those tony folks in England tried it first.

“I was always skeptical,” Mr. Bloomberg told reporters following a press event Tuesday announcing a deal to build what officials touted as the largest ice complex on the planet at the stalled Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

“But it was actually done in England recently and it really did work,” he said.

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