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State Health Dept.: Tobacco Sales to Teens Reached Lowest Numbers in 14 Years

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The State Health Department says that tobacco sales to teens has reached its lowest numbers in 14 years.

A new report credited the drop to the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act, which makes it difficult for teens under the age of 18 to buy cigarettes.

The report states that under the program, smoking among New York high school students decreased 53 percent between 2000 and 2012.

Since 1997, the state levied $28 million in fines against thousands of retailers caught selling tobacco to minors.

In December, one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's final acts was to raise the age to buy cigarettes in New York City from 18 to 21.

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