In the U.S. alone, tobacco is a $35 billion dollar industry, but you wouldn’t guess it from the anti-tobacco laws being passed around the nation. A leader in tobacco taxation and anti-smoking laws, the city of New York recently took another swing at tobacco companies by proposing legislation that raises the legal smoking age to 21 from 18. Once enacted, the law will be the first of its kind in the U.S.
People age 18 to 21 are a crucial target group for cigarette companies. Many people begin smoking as young adults and find it tough to kick the habit later. Making it illegal for under 21’s to purchase cigarettes would buy them more time to decide whether they really want to smoke. With all the anti-smoking propaganda in the media, the social pressure not to smoke could make anti-tobacco converts out of those who sit on the fence before they reach legal smoking age.
Similar to marijuana laws in some states, New York City’s proposed anti-tobacco law wouldn’t make it illegal for people under 21 to possess tobacco products; it would only make it unlawful for them to purchase the products from retailers. Critics of the law say that youngsters who wish to smoke will simply have older peers buy cigarettes or buy them on the black market, where sellers who have purchased cigarettes at wholesale prices apply a significant markup per pack.
Even so, city officials aren’t backing down. The law will be enacted by summer 2014, along with some additional measures that target tobacco consumption in general. Mayor Bloomberg signed legislation that prohibits retailers from offering discounts and accepting coupons for tobacco products, and raises the price of cigarettes to a whopping $10.50 per pack. In addition, the law requires small cigars (cigarillos) to be sold in packs of at least 20 to help keep their price high.
Reducing the Expense
If you’re a cigarette smoker who lives in NYC, buying a carton of cigarettes will soon cost you $105 before tax, and certain types cigars will become more expensive as well. If smoking tobacco is becoming too expensive, switching to a rechargeable electronic cigarette or electronic cigar is a good option. Each product is filled with eLiquid that contains varying levels of nicotine. When you inhale, the liquid turns to vapor that feels remarkably similar to smoke.
Using an electronic cigar or cigarette is quickly becoming more affordable than smoking tobacco products. Because an electronic cigar and cigarette are available in rechargeable models, and the eLiquid cartridge they contain can be refilled, you don’t need to repeatedly buy a new product, as you do with tobacco cigarettes and cigars. What’s more, you can use an electronic cigar and cigarette in far more public places than you can smoke tobacco products.
Try Electronic Cigarettes and Cigars
Using tobacco is bad for one’s health, but it’s unfortunate that chronic tobacco users in NYC are hit so hard with anti-tobacco laws that drive up the cost of tobacco, and will make it impossible for some users to legally buy the product until they turn 21. In NYC, electronic cigarettes and cigars can currently be purchased by people under the age of 21, and there is no legislation on tap that would increase the price for electronic cigarettes and cigars, or their accessories.
If smoking laws have made your tobacco habit too expensive or will soon prevent you from buying tobacco due to your age, switching to an electronic cigar or cigarette from AmericaneLiquidStoreTM is a great option. We have single rechargeable eCigarettes starting as low as $9.99, and a single rechargeable clearomizer that delivers a cigar smoking experience for only $21.99. For more information, browse through our store, or call us today at 877-367-9988.