On April 19th, the mayor and council members of New York City introduced 5 new bills focusing on decreasing the number of NYC smokers. On April 27th
, the NYC Health Committee debated the bills.
The proposed legislation will accomplish the following:
- Ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies
- Create a retail license for e-cigarettes, and cap the number of e-cigarette retailers with an enrollment period
- Reduce the number of tobacco retailers citywide through gradually decreasing the number of tobacco retailer licenses permitted per district, setting a cap at 50% of the current number licenses. This will specifically address the oversaturation of tobacco retailers discussed in the latest American Cancer Society report entitled Oversaturated.
- Raising the minimum price for cigarettes form $10.50 to $13 and sets a minimum floor price for all tobacco products ($8 for up to four cigars, plus $2 for each additional cigar; $13 per pack of little cigars, $8 for smokeless tobacco, $17 for tobacco-containing shisha, and $17 for loose tobacco) with an additional 10% local tax on other tobacco products. This proposal builds on NYC’s 2013 Sensible Tobacco Enforcement law, which set the current minimum price for cigarettes and prohibited price promotions.
- Require all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclose it to both current and incoming tenants
New York City was the first major metropolitan area to put Tobacco 21
regulations in place, and the state of New York is now working to make Tobacco 21 a statewide regulation.
NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio believes that the proposed regulations will decrease the number of smokers in the city to around 12% (from 14.3%) over the next 3 years.
Read more details about each piece of proposed legislation here
Learn more about the types of regulation proposed: