City Hall Proposes Highest Tobacco Prices in Nation to Snuff Smoking Rates

Johnson's bill also would levy a 10 percent tax on other tobacco products, such as shisha containing tobacco, loose tobacco, smokeless tobacco and cigars. "And as with all initiatives, in terms of health and safety, that's not an endpoint". He said his goal is to reduce the number of smokers in the city by 160,000 over the next three years.

The Big Apple's assault on public smoking goes back to de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who banned smoking in bars, restaurants and public parks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds up examples of old and new smoking advertisements during a press conference to announce a series of bills to reduce the number of smokers in the city, April 19, 2017.

The mayor noted that the top five causes of death in the city-heart disease, cancer, pneumonia, respiratory disease and strokes-can all be linked to tobacco.

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A tobacco industry representative couldn't immediately be reached Wednesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio want to raise the floor on the cost of a pack of cigarettes in New York City to $13, making it the highest in the country. "But we are prepared to beat them".

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. Another bill will cap the number of tobacco retailer dealer licenses in each of the city's community districts at 50 percent of the current number, meaning that, if passed, the number of stores in your neighborhood slinging smokes will cut in half. Requiring all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclosing it to both current and prospective tenants 5.

"As a former smoker, I know how hard it is to quit", Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in an emailed statement. "But it's a real, it's a real thing".