Cigarette Packs Could Cost At Least $13 Apiece Under New Legislation

Faith Castro
April 20, 2017

Right now the lowest price for a pack of cigarettes in the city is $10.50 a pack.

The proposed tax hike is meant to reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 over the next three years.

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".

You could soon pay more for cigarettes in New York City. It's an effort that's trying to decrease the number of smokers by 160,000 by the year 2020.

Leaders framed the initiative as one of the biggest drives to reduce smoking in the city since Mayor Michael Bloomberg worked to ban cigarettes in bars and restaurants.

"In a way of too many addictive challenges, how supremely addictive this chemical is and what it does to people - we have to treat it aggressively", he said during the news conference at the American Heart Association's office in midtown.

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"Big tobacco is public enemy No. 1 when it comes to public health", Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Younis Ali's family owns Smoke City in Murray Hill.

Lander also sponsored a bill that would eventually cut the number of retailers allowed to sell tobacco by half in each community district. The proposed move would make NYC home to the highest-priced cigarettes in the country. Creating a retail license for e-cigarettes, and capping the number of e-cigarette retailers 4.

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Another bill, by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), would prohibit pharmacies, or stores that contain pharmacies, from selling tobacco products.

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