NYC mayor backs proposal to raise cigarette prices

NYC mayor backs proposal to raise cigarette prices

The measure is part of a package of five Council bills supported by the de Blasio administration that aims to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000 over the next three years.

Johnson's bill also would levy a 10 percent tax on other tobacco products, such as shisha containing tobacco, loose tobacco, smokeless tobacco and cigars. The city now has about 900,000 smokers, including about 15,000 youths.

Increasing the price to $13 is expected to decrease adult cigarette smoking by 6.4 percent, according to the mayor's office. De Blasio made the announcement during anti-smoking event in the city.

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

The mayor noted that the top five causes of death in the city-heart disease, cancer, pneumonia, respiratory disease and strokes-can all be linked to tobacco. And he admitted that it's going to be a tough fight against the tobacco industry. "But we are prepared to beat them".

Pharmacies will no longer be able to sell tobacco products and the cost of a pack of cigarettes will be at least $13 if a series of bills passes in the City Council, officials announced Wednesday. Requiring all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclosing it to both current and prospective tenants 5. Reducing through attrition the number of tobacco retailers citywide 3. No current tobacco retailer would lose its license under the bill, but no new ones would be issued until the district's number is below the cap.

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. He said that he has quit and gotten back into it multiple times-calling his experience "hard"-and noted the physical effects of nicotine as well as the "mental vice that it grips you in".

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