NYC mayor backs proposal to raise cigarette prices

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is cracking down on cigarette smokers in New York City.

Everything in New York City is obscenely expensive and will probably kill you eventually, so it only makes sense that something that will definitely kill you eventually is getting more expensive.

Mayor de Blasio's announcement comes just two days after the American Cancer Society released a report, showing NY was "oversaturated with tobacco merchants", some 9,000 sellers across the five boroughs. The bill, from Council Member Johnson, would raise the price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13, which the mayor's office claims will lower the percentage of adults who smoke from 14.3 percent to 13.9 percent.

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The City Council is slated to hold a hearing on the proposed legislation next week.

De Blasio made the announcement at an anti-smoking event Wednesday.

Officials also described e-cigarettes as a "gateway" to smoking traditional cigarettes and said legislation would cap the number of stores that could sell the products.

The legislative package may reduce the number of smokers in the most populous USA city by 160,000 over the next three years.

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". Keep checking abc7NY for the latest on this developing story. He said he's not anxious about new tobacco regulations. People who want to obtain cigarettes will simply buy them on the street or they will buy them elsewhere and bring them into New York City.

"The thing is, when people are addicted, they're addicted".

Cheyenne Alexander of the Bronx said she wasn't concerned about the mayor's initiative because she is going to quit smoking, but added that she pays $8 a pack for cigarettes.

"I am trying to quit, so increasing the price would help", smoker Nichole Munisami said.