Print Edition - 2017-04-22  |  Money Digest

NY plans to raise cost of cigarettes

- Xinhua, New York

Apr 22, 2017-

New York City is pushing legislation to raise the minimum cigarette pack price to $13 from $10.5 as part of a larger effort to reduce tobacco use in the country’s biggest city. This is one of a package of proposed bills aiming to cut the number of smokers in the city by 160,000 from the current 900,000 by 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday at an anti-smoking event that he hopes to sign five anti-tobacco bills this year. The five-pronged package of proposed bills would raise the minimum price for all tobacco products, reduce through attrition the number of tobacco retailers, create a retail license for e-cigarettes and cap the number of sellers, require all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclose it to current and would-be tenants, and ban sales at pharmacies.

Published: 22-04-2017 09:09

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