<b>New York: raising the smoking Age to 21</b> <p>The New York City Council is preparing a number of regulations on cigarettes, including the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. The same law is applied to all alcoholic beverages.</p> <p>City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the initiator of these measures. The law is most likely to be approved. Quinn is the key rival of New York's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg on coming elections, though both candidates are agreed on the point of smoking.</p> <p>Susan M. Liss, Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said the Quinn's proposal was very rational adding that nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, and 99 percent started by age 26. "Progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by young adulthood."</p> <p>It should be mentioned that Michael Bloomberg proposed a health law calling for stores to keep cigarettes away from buyers.To buy cigarettes people would have to ask beforehand. <div style="text-align:center"><img src="/img_news/newyork_smoking.jpg" style="border:0;width:512px;height:355px" alt="New York: raising the smoking Age to 21" /></div>