The initiatives will also introduce a 10 percent tax on other tobacco products for the first time, cut the number of cigarette retail licenses in half and newly license the sale of electronic cigarettes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and a group of City Council members are determined to make New Yorkers quit smoking, one way or another. Under the mayor's new plan, the minimum price for a pack would be $13.
"And big tobacco is still public enemy number one for public health", de Blasio said during a news conference at the American Heart Association in midtown.
The city's smoking rate in 2015 was 14.3 percent, officials said, or about 900,000 people out of 8.5 million. A widely cited study which surveyed smokers both in New York State and nationally said that between 2010 and 2011, those making less than $30,000 per year in New York State spent 23.6 percent of annual household income on cigarettes.
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Western Digital, a bidder for Toshiba Memory and the owner of SanDisk, is demanding exclusive negotiations as a result. Both things would lessen Japanese government worry about Foxconn getting hold of prized Japanese economic assets.
Younis Ali's family owns Smoke City in Murray Hill. Raising the minimum prices for all tobacco products, including cigarettes, and imposing a new 10-percent local tax on other tobacco products 2. According to the press release, there are also 174,000 adults and 42,000 adolescents using e-cigarettes in New York City.
Even if new regulations go into effect and prices go up, Meghan Quick said her friends would just cross state lines to find cheaper cigarettes.
Another bill, by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), would prohibit pharmacies, or stores that contain pharmacies, from selling tobacco products.
Cabrera's anti-e-cigarette agenda flies in the face of the general agreement that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking.