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

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The mayor also indicated he would seek to cap and license the number of cigarette sellers, who far outnumber other types of retailers in the city.

The Mayor's office and a number of City Council Members are pushing a slew of new anti-smoking measures, this time targeting tobacco sellers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposal Wednesday to raise the base price form $10.50 to $13 a pack. Creating a retail license for e-cigarettes, and capping the number of e-cigarette retailers 4. But Jeff Lenard, a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, questioned whether the legislation would put a dent in city smoking rates, and said it could instead lead to more out-of-state and black market tobacco sales.

"The goal overall, this package, is to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000 by the year 2020", the mayor said.

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

This is the first major initiative de Blasio has announced on smoking. That's more than the 14.2 percent spent annually by households in the same income bracket nationally.

Even if new regulations go into effect and prices go up, Meghan Quick said her friends would just cross state lines to find cheaper cigarettes.

By sheer coincidence (if you are completely ignorant to even the most basic concepts of economics), NY has the highest rate of cigarette smuggling in the country. According to a report by the Royal College of Physicians which synthesized current knowledge, "the hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco".

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