21 April, 2017| By: Kevin Trieu
New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio plans to place a base price on cigarette packs from $10.50 to $13. This would make NYC the most expensive place in the country to buy a pack. For comparison, in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina the average price of a pack is lower than $5 a pack. The national average for a pack of cigarettes is $6.16.
The City is also planning on limiting the number of tobacco retailers they have, where they currently have some 9,000 retailers across the City. “There are 29 times more tobacco sellers than Starbucks in New York City.” Mayor de Blasio tweeted. His initiative would also ban any and all pharmacies from selling tobacco.
While not in New York, CASAP applauds the City of New York’s efforts to stamp out Big Tobacco. Any effort by any city to curb the use and access to tobacco is a plus in our book. We know that tobacco use is harmful and that a delayed first use of tobacco greatly reduces the chances of someone getting addicted for life, so why not limit where someone can get tobacco and raise how much it costs. Time and time again, raising the price has been a great motivator for people to quit. Let’s all stand together and applaud New York for putting the health and well-being of others over profits.
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