Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

$13 a pack? NYC mayor wants highest cigarette prices in US

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's Mayor Bill de Blasio backed the bill which will increase the base price of cigarettes to the highest in the nation. He says his goal is to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000.

"What we're here today talking about is saving lives", said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city's health commissioner, who appeared with the mayor at offices of the American Heart Association.

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. Now those were the good ol' days of NY. New York City would have the highest priced cigarettes in the country.

In addition to increasing disproportionately the living expenses of New York City's poor, the new proposals attack e-cigarette smokers.

De Blasio made announced the price increase on Wednesday at an anti-smoking event. According to the press release, there are also 174,000 adults and 42,000 adolescents using e-cigarettes in New York City.

"That's where hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers get untaxed cigarettes every day out on the street from black marketers and bootleggers who undercut licensed taxed retailers like the ones we represent".

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".

Other bills connected to this proposal include residential buildings creating smoking polices and tobacco sales would be banned at pharmacies. However, he also said that the price increase tamps down demand for cigarettes, so he was "at peace" with the money going to retailers.

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