CDC: E-cigarettes more popular than FDA-approved quitting aids

20 April, 2017, 07:30 | Author: Eloise Marshall

He added that "there are 29 more times more tobacco sellers than Starbucks in New York City".

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 bills will reduce the number of tobacco retailers, license those selling electronic cigarettes and cap their numbers.

Leaders framed the initiative as one of the biggest drives to reduce smoking in the city since Mayor Michael Bloomberg worked to ban cigarettes in bars and restaurants. But he wants to further cut the number of smokers in the city by 160,00 by 2020, he said Wednesday.

"As a former smoker, I know how hard it is to quit", Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in an emailed statement.

The current floor price on a pack of cigarettes in the city is $10.50.

All of the bills in question will be heard in committee on April 27, and have enough backing to make their passage all but certain.

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. "This is an important first step in protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers".

Contrary to the public health concerns that Cabrera raised, the same report said that the interest of public health is served by working to "promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the United Kingdom".

The nation's priciest cigarettes are about to get even more expensive.

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