$13 a pack? NYC mayor wants highest cigarette prices in US
But the move also drew attention to another issue in the city - sales of bootleg cigarettes from other states that allow smokers in NY to bypass taxes and buy cigarettes for as little as $7 or $8 a pack.
Mayor Bill de Blasio want to raise the floor on the cost of a pack of cigarettes in New York City to $13, which would make it the highest in the country. "Today, we are taking a stand against these companies to not only reduce smoking and tobacco usage in New York City, but also save lives".
De Blasio says the city already has a record-low percentage of smokers, 14 percent.
"We resent the fact that the administration and the City Council are trying to attack law-abiding retailers when the real problem is on the streets", said James Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores. A study published past year in the British Medical Journal found that e-cigarettes helped increase the chances of people quitting smoking and staying smoke free for a longer period of time.
Other proposals would set minimum prices and create taxes on smokeless tobacco and small cigars, and require sellers of electronic cigarettes to obtain licenses. There were no trades of debt issued by New York City's Tobacco Settlement Asset Securitization Corporation as of 2:50 p.m., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Opponents of the city's high cigarette prices have argued that it has pushed many smokers into buying untaxed, unregulated cigarettes on the black market.
Contrary to the public health concerns that Cabrera raised, the same report said that the interest of public health is served by working to "promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the United Kingdom".
The single mother who works part-time and attends college says education is important for her and her son.
Other bills connected to this proposal include residential buildings creating smoking polices and tobacco sales would be banned at pharmacies.