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New York City could raise price of pack of cigarettes to $13

20 Avril 2017

De Blasios' predecessor Michael Bloomberg began leading a charge to stub out smoking in the city in 2002, when the smoking rate was 22 percent. That's more than the 14.2 percent spent annually by households in the same income bracket nationally.

The city said there are about 900,000 smokers across the five boroughs, including 15,000 young New Yorkers.

The initiative is a package of five bills.

The measure would set a 10 percent tax on little cigars, smokeless tobacco, loose tobacco and shisha. That revenue, expected to be about $1 million, under state law would have to go to benefit public housing.

Stores selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes would also be banned from delivering cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

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In an effort to cut down the number of NYC smokers by 160,000 within the next three years, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced legislation Wednesday afternoon that would raise the minimum price on a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13 - "the highest price floor in the nation", the mayor said. According to the press release, there are also 174,000 adults and 42,000 adolescents using e-cigarettes in New York City. Reducing through attrition the number of tobacco retailers citywide 3. "We are going to change that by capping the number of licenses available in each community", de Blasio said.

While no current dealers will lose their license, new licenses wouldn't be issued until the total decreases below the cap.

De Blasio announced his plans in a series of tweets, saying the e-cigarette industry will be licensed the same as cigarette retailers. Requiring all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclosing it to both current and prospective tenants 5.

All of the bills in question will be heard in committee on April 27, and have enough backing to make their passage all but certain.

New York City could raise price of pack of cigarettes to $13