Submitted by ub on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:34

Come 2014 it will be illegal to smoke in NYC if you're not 21, thanks to health and fitness guru Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The billionaire mayor has signed a bill raising the minimum age to 21 to buy tobacco products inside The Big Apple's 5 Burroughs.

This move is the latest in Bloomberg's public health initiatives, where he went from banning smoking in bars and restaurants to an ill fated attempt to ban large-sized sugary beverages.

The lame duck mayor has also outlawed discounts on cigarettes, set a price floor on a pack of smokes, and allow the city to harshly punish stores that try to get around collecting tobacco taxes.

Over a billion people will die from smoking around the world this century and he claims that he is trying to keep New Yorkers alive.

Talk with an National Cancer Institute smoking cessation counselor for help quitting and answers to smoking-related questions in English or Spanish - call toll free within the United States, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

If you smoke, you've probably heard by now that you need to quit. Please know that it’s bad for your heart, lungs, brain, and even your sex life.