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

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

De Blasio says his goal is to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000.

According to the mayor's office, smoking rates in NY have dipped from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 14.3 percent in 2015, but there are still 900,000 smokers in the city.

"And big tobacco is public enemy number one when it comes to public health". "These companies have used the same playbook for decades, and we can no longer sit by while the next generation becomes addicted".

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But at the same time I think we can do a much better job making sure that he doesn't get to play his game as much as he wants to. The fun got started for the B's in the second , but not before the crowd was silenced almost four minutes into the period.

"I think the speed with which the e-cigarette grew is part of the issue here", de Blasio said.

Officials also described e-cigarettes as a "gateway" to smoking traditional cigarettes and said legislation would cap the number of stores that could sell the products. Settlement payments are based on cigarette shipments.

The city is proposing to raise the minimum price for a pack of cigarettes to $13 from $10.50 and add a 10 percent tax on other tobacco products. Altria Group Inc., which sells Marlboro brand cigarettes in the US, reported on Feb.1 its domestic shipment volume declined about 3.5 percent in 2016, in line with its competitors.

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Dubbed "Buy American and Hire American", the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies. Some businesses argue that there aren't enough African-American STEM graduates to fill jobs.

Get free real-time news alerts from the New York City Patch. He plans to accomplish this audacious feat of social engineering by taxing the hell out of tobacco products, and making packs of cigarettes even more expensive.

Smoking rates in the city fell after the Bloomberg administration raised cigarette taxes, but eventually leveled off and then crept up a bit.

Junk-rated municipal tobacco-bonds have returned 12.8 percent this year, more than three times the muni high-yield bond index, according to Standard & Poor's. There are more than 550 such pharmacies in the city with tobacco-selling licenses.

Westbrook ties triple-double mark; Thunder top Bucks 110-79
He'll have the chance to tie Tuesday at home against Milwaukee , and he could potentially set the mark Wednesday in Memphis . Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

The City Council is slated to hold a hearing on the proposed legislation next week. Brittany Adams, a Reynolds American spokeswoman, declined to comment.


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