NYC mayor backs proposal to raise cigarette prices

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22 April, 2017

The city wants to encourage 160,000 of the 900,000 New Yorkers who smoke to quit. The objective of the legislation is to bring the percentage of tobacco smokers in the city down to 12 percent of the population, according to the mayor's office. "Big Tobacco watches New York City very carefully".

You could soon pay more for cigarettes in New York City.

The legislation establishes the first price floor and tax for other tobacco products such as cigars, smokeless tobacco, loose tobacco and tobacco-containing shisha-and enforces a 10 percent tax on other tobacco products for the first time, with the resulting revenues going toward the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority, which faces federal funding cuts under President Donald Trump.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that cigarette prices in the city would go up $2.50 to $13 which, de Blasio bragged, would be "the highest price in the country".

The tax proposal has been referred to the council's Committee on Health, of which Johnson is the chairman. If the proposed bills are passed, then NY would become the most expensive USA city for buying cigarettes.

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Casting tobacco companies as "public enemy #1", Mayor de Blasio announced a series of measures to limit the sale of tobacco around the city at a press conference yesterday.

The other two bills will prohibit pharmacies from selling tobacco products and require landlords to create a smoking policy for the entire building and disclose it to tenants, although it doesn't require that they turn the buildings into no-smoking buildings.

De Blasio, a Democrat running for re-election in November, is picking up the mantle of his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who raised tobacco taxes and banned smoking in public places, an effort to improve public health that was adopted by municipalities across the U.S. Bloomberg, an independent, is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

Mayor Bill de Blasio hand delivered Thursday a Pre-K acceptance letter to a child in Brooklyn.

Cheyenne Alexander of the Bronx said she wasn't concerned about the mayor's initiative because she is going to quit smoking, but added that she pays $8 a pack for cigarettes. About 14 percent of New Yorkers smoke citywide. "We have a lot more we have to do".


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