New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants cigarettes to be more expensive in his city than anywhere else in the United States.
He supports an effort to inflate the price of a package of 10,50 $ US to 13 $ US, which would be according to him the highest price of all the pays.Le Democrat mayor announced Wednesday that it ranks behind a series Legislative measures to drastically reduce smoking in New York by 2020. Mr. de Blasio says he wants to reduce the number of smokers in 160 000 to nearly a million.
The proposals will be the subject of hearings over the coming weeks. New York City Council may also follow suit in cities such as San Francisco and Philadelphia, which have begun slashing the number of retailers licensed to sell cigarettes. . This number could be halved in half in New York. The American Cancer Society has identified in October nearly 9000 shops authorized to sell cigarettes in New York, one third of which are within 150 meters of a school.
Other proposals would impose a minimum price and taxes on smokeless tobacco and little cigars. Sellers of electronic cigarettes should also obtain permits.
source : Journalmetro.com