NYC hikes price of pack of cig­a­rettes to $13

Miami Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

The price of a pack of cig­a­rettes in New York City is go­ing up — to at least $13 — and the num­ber of places you can buy them is go­ing down un­der leg­is­la­tion signed this week by the mayor.

The new min­i­mum price law, which takes ef­fect on June 1, will make New York the most ex­pen­sive place in the U.S. to buy cig­a­rettes, Health Depart­ment of­fi­cials said.

“We are send­ing a loud and clear mes­sage that we will not let their greed kill any more New York­ers without a fight,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said at a bill sign­ing cer­e­mony at a Brook­lyn hos­pi­tal. “These new laws will not only help re­duce the num­ber of smok­ers in our city, but also save lives.”

Cur­rently, the min­i­mum al­lowed price per pack is $10.50.

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