“Smoke Nazi” Bloomberg raises the smoking age to 21

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NEW York’s controversial Mayor Mike Bloomberg has caused outrage yet again – by green lighting a move to increase the city’s smoking age to 21.

The Mayor, who was also responsible for introducing the hated ban on smoking in pubs and restaurants in New York, was unrepentant, claiming it was a vital measure.

His City Council approved the legislation 35 to 10, with the Council’s four Republicans voting no. The legislation will take effect 180 days after Bloomberg signs it.

“We know that tobacco dependence can begin very soon after a young person first tries smoking, so it’s critical that we stop young people from smoking before they ever start,” Bloomberg said in a statement released after the vote.

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