He wants to hike the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13, create new regulations on e-cigarettes and restrict where tobacco can be sold. The current price of a pack is $10.50, and city officials said increasing the price will make NY the most expensive place in the United States to buy cigarettes.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday announced a series of proposed bills affecting the city's cigarette prices.
The proposed tax hike is meant to reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 over the next three years.
It's part of an initiative to limit the number of stores that sell tobacco products and cut down on smoking overall in the city, which is something ye olde Mayor Mike Bloomberg took up ages ago in the era when it was still standard to go out to a bar and come home with your entire coat/clothes/person smelling like you had spent the past nine hours making coitus with an ashtray. An estimated 900,000 New York City residents now smoke.
De Blasio framed his new proposal as being an attack on "Big Tobacco", calling them "public enemy #1". "We want to make it easier to quit and harder to smoke". It would create a retail license for e-cigarettes. In the summer of 2014, Eric Garner was choked to death by a New York City police officer while they were trying to arrest him. According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, there are 900,000 smokers in the city, which includes 15,000 youths.
No one will say that smoking tobacco is healthy.
Opponents of the city's high cigarette prices have argued that it has pushed many smokers into buying untaxed, unregulated cigarettes on the black market.
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Council Member Fernando Cabrera, who introduced the bill to create the licensing requirement for e-cigarette retailers, described the proposal as "a major step to limit the use of e-cigarettes, which are unsafe nicotine delivery systems that can lead to nicotine and potentially drug addiction".