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

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.

On Wednesday, the mayor announced a set of five legislative proposals that his office claims will reduce the number of smokers in NY by 160,000 over the next three years. De Blasio made the announcement during anti-smoking event in the city. He said his goal is to reduce the number of smokers in the city by 160,000 over the next three years.

De Blasios' predecessor Michael Bloomberg began leading a charge to stub out smoking in the city in 2002, when the smoking rate was 22 percent. He also asserted that 174,000 adults and 42,000 adolescents use e-cigarettes. And he admitted that it's going to be a tough fight against the tobacco industry. "But we are prepared to beat them".

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and a group of City Council members are determined to make New Yorkers quit smoking, one way or another. Requiring all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclosing it to both current and prospective tenants 5.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing legislation to hike New York City's minimum cigarette-pack price to $13, halve the number of stores allowed to sell tobacco products and put pharmacies out of the tobacco business altogether.

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. He said that he has quit and gotten back into it multiple times-calling his experience "hard"-and noted the physical effects of nicotine as well as the "mental vice that it grips you in". "But it's a real, it's a real thing".

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