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

NYC Plans To Raise Cigarette Prices To Highest In Nation Restrict E Cig Sales

NYC Plans To Raise Cigarette Prices To Highest In Nation Restrict E Cig Sales

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

De Blasio framed his new proposal as being an attack on "Big Tobacco", calling them "public enemy #1". That would make NY home to the costliest cigarettes in the country. Roughly 900,000 city adults smoke along with 15,000 high school students, according to the Department of Health.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking aim at New York City's smokers.

Stores selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes would also be banned from delivering cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Smokeless tobacco would also cost at least $8 and the price for tobacco-containing shisha packages would be set at $17 under the bill.

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

All of the bills in question will be heard in committee on April 27, and have enough backing to make their passage all but certain.

The City Council is slated to hold a hearing on the proposed legislation next week.

New York State leads the nation when it comes to cigarette smuggling and 55.5% of cigarettes smoked in the state in 2014 came from smuggled sources, according to a study published in January by the non-profit Tax Foundation.

De Blasio did say at the press conference that since the city can't levy its own taxes, the money from the increased prices on tobacco products would go to the people selling them.

"I think the price is high but people who smoke are going to smoke", Hashan said.

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. Though figures are hard to nail down-black markets, being what they are-stats suggest that more than half of all cigarettes are being sold illegally and untaxed in NY.

No one will say that smoking tobacco is healthy.

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