Mayor Wants to Raise Floor on Cost of Cigarette Packs to $13

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The measure is part of a package of five Council bills supported by the de Blasio administration that aims to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000 over the next three years.

Mayor de Blasio's announcement comes just two days after the American Cancer Society released a report, showing NY was "oversaturated with tobacco merchants", some 9,000 sellers across the five boroughs.

The Mayor's office and a number of City Council Members are pushing a slew of new anti-smoking measures, this time targeting tobacco sellers.

Currently, there are 8,200 licensed cigarette retailers citywide, which could be reduced by 40 percent in 10 years through not granting new licenses once a bodega closes.

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But high taxes on cigarettes have also created an epidemic of smuggling as unscrupulous distributors seek to make a profit.

The city said there are about 900,000 smokers across the five boroughs, including 15,000 young New Yorkers.

"These companies have used the same playbook for decades, and we can no longer sit by while the next generation becomes addicted", de Blasio said.

You could soon pay more for cigarettes in New York City.

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Increasing the price to $13 is expected to decrease adult cigarette smoking by 6.4 percent, according to the mayor's office. Another piece of legislation bans pharmacies-or retail stores that have pharmacies-from selling tobacco products, including cigarettes, a longtime goal of anti-smoking activists.

The other bills would create a new e-cigarette license and require residential buildings to create a smoking policy.

There would also be a tax on other tobacco products.

The nation's priciest cigarettes are about to get even more expensive.

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Councilmen Corey Johnson, Brad Lander, Fernando Cabrera and Ritchie Torres introduced the bills, which will first be heard by the health committee on April 19 and could all pass by the summer, officials said.

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