Mayor Wants to Raise Floor on Cost of Cigarette Packs to $13

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 20, 2017

That's more than the 14.2 percent spent annually by households in the same income bracket nationally.

Among the five bills slated to be introduced to the City Council is legislation to raise the minimum price for cigarettes and other tobacco products to $13 a pack - up from the current $10.50.

The measure would set a 10 percent tax on little cigars, smokeless tobacco, loose tobacco and shisha. The city expects the tax will generate at least $1 million annually that would be funneled to the New York City Housing Authority. The proposed move would make NYC home to the highest-priced cigarettes in the country.

Contrary to the public health concerns that Cabrera raised, the same report said that the interest of public health is served by working to "promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the United Kingdom".

Levine/NewscomWho knew New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was such an open supporter of black markets?

Using a nationally representative online survey of 15,943 adult smokers who tried to quit during the past three months, they found that 75 percent used one or more methods to quit, and 25 percent used only one method, as shown below. The South Shore had lowest rate of smokers on Staten Island at 19 percent.

While no current dealers will lose their license, new licenses wouldn't be issued until the total decreases below the cap. It would create a retail license for e-cigarettes.

De Blasio announced his plans in a series of tweets, saying the e-cigarette industry will be licensed the same as cigarette retailers.

Other bills connected to this proposal include residential buildings creating smoking polices and tobacco sales would be banned at pharmacies.

The City Council Health Committee is expected to have a hearing on the legislation on April 27.

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