NYC Mayor Encourages Cigarette Smuggling with Plan to Massively Jack Up Prices

Ashley Carr
April 22, 2017

New York City would have the highest priced cigarettes in the country. 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.

"This whole package of bills is misdirected at licensed, responsible retailers of tobacco products", said Calvin, whose group headquartered in the state capital of Albany has 1,600 members.

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

"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.

There are now about 900,000 smokers in New York City, according to the mayor's office.

The other bills will slash the tobacco retail dealer licenses in each community district to half their current number, and create a separate license for the retail sale of e-cigarettes. Reducing through attrition the number of tobacco retailers citywide 3.

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"Today, we are taking a stand against these companies to not only reduce smoking and tobacco usage in New York City, but also save lives", shared de Blasio.

Johnson, chairman of the Council's Health Committee, said that he has been "clean and sober" from both alcohol and drugs for eight years but that he has "not been able to quit smoking".

One of the bills that will be introduced to the City Council next week will raise the price floor on cigarette and small cigar packs, and introduce one for other tobacco products sold in the city.

De Blasios' predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, began the charge to stub out smoking in the city in 2002, when the smoking rate was 22 percent. There are more than 550 such pharmacies in the city with tobacco-selling licenses.

Mayor Bill de Blasio. However, it took him over a year to draft the proposed changes.

"There will be a fight over this in the coming months", the mayor said. "It was a question of sequencing everything", revealed de Blasio.

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