Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Cigarettes in NYC are about to get a lot more expensive

Cigarettes in NYC are about to get a lot more expensive

On Wednesday, the mayor announced a set of five legislative proposals that his office claims will reduce the number of smokers in NY by 160,000 over the next three years.

Mayor de Blasio's announcement comes just two days after the American Cancer Society released a report, showing NY was "oversaturated with tobacco merchants", some 9,000 sellers across the five boroughs. He plans to accomplish this audacious feat of social engineering by taxing the hell out of tobacco products, and making packs of cigarettes even more expensive. Currently, the minimum is $10.50. The measure would also update the cigarette retailer license to include all tobacco products, so they would be included in the ban on selling in pharmacies.

"The goal overall, this package, is to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000 by the year 2020", the mayor said.

"These companies have used the same playbook for decades, and we can no longer sit by while the next generation becomes addicted", de Blasio said.

While smoking rates are going down, there are still an estimated 900,000 smokers in the city.

The liberal Democratic mayor offered rare praise for the "extraordinary work" of the man he replaced, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who barred smoking in parks and established the minimum price.

Lander also sponsored a bill that would eventually cut the number of retailers allowed to sell tobacco by half in each community district.

E-cigarettes were far more popular single quit aids for partial or complete substitution (2.2 percent), compared with nicotine patches/gum (0.8 percent) or other prescription medicines (0.4 percent). They also require residential building owners to formulate a smoking policy, which they will have to communicate to both current and prospective residents.

The health committee is to hear the bills on April 27.

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