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New York County to Raise Cigar Smoking Age to 21

Suffolk County, New York voted to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 19 to 21, making it illegal for retailers to sell cigars and other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 NewsDay reported. Convenience store owners and Tobacco stores noted their businesses would be hurt and the rights of voting adults would be curtailed.

In many states you can vote and go to war at 18 but you have to get shot at for at least 3 years before you can enjoy a beer or a cigar if you reside in Suffolk County, New York. The County boasts 1,493,350 residents. It’s not a cornfield in the middle of nowhere. This age-hike comes fresh on the heels of Mayor Michael Bloomberg  raising the tobacco and cigar purchasing age from 18 to 21 for New York City on November 19, 2013.

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Being a young adult in the United States can be confusing.

16 to drive
18 to vote
18 to be tried as an adult
18 to have a cigar in most the country
18 to be drafted
21 to drink (but 18 to serve the drink, bartenders only have to be 18)
21 to have a cigar (in Suffolk County, New York)
35 to run for president

The age legalities are substantial within city to city, county to county, state to state leaving many confused as to exactly what defines a legal adult. You’ll eventually see instances of a 20 year adult old arrested for underage smoking, which raises the question of how can an adult be underage?

We need a better definition.