New York City could raise price of pack of cigarettes to $13

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The price floor would go up on other tobacco products as well, although the mayor didn't mention how much.

He added that "there are 29 more times more tobacco sellers than Starbucks in New York City". Under the mayor's new plan, the minimum price for a pack would be $13.

"When it comes to New Yorker's health, big tobacco is public enemy #1", de Blasio said in a statement.

Other measures that were proposed to the council on Wednesday include a ban on selling tobacco at pharmacies across the city, stricter regulations on e-cigarettes and a new "smoking disclosure policy", which will require residential building owners to disclose whether or not smoking is permitted in their units.

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. A widely cited study which surveyed smokers both in New York State and nationally said that between 2010 and 2011, those making less than $30,000 per year in New York State spent 23.6 percent of annual household income on cigarettes.

The city wants to hike the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes in the five boroughs from $10.50 to $13.

The city also recently introduced a ban on smoking in public housing, which anxious some tenants about being kicked out of their homes. That's more than the 14.2 percent spent annually by households in the same income bracket nationally. New York City would have the highest priced cigarettes in the country.

Cabrera even drew an implicit connection between the use of e-cigarettes and the opioid crisis currently ravaging New York State, saying, "in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis, we must take leadership now to prevent more addiction".

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.

Given that our data show that e-cigarettes are more commonly used for quit attempts than FDA-approved medications, further research is warranted on the safety and effectiveness of using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

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