The bill to cap the number of e-cigarette dealers in the city "is a major step to limit the use of e-cigarettes, which are risky nicotine delivery systems that can lead to nicotine and potentially drug addiction", said Council Member Cabrera. The current price of a pack is $10.50, and city officials said increasing the price will make NY the most expensive place in the United States to buy cigarettes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio want to raise the floor on the cost of a pack of cigarettes in New York City to $13, which would make it the highest in the country.
The Democrat announced his support Wednesday for a series of legislative proposals that he said could reduce the number of smokers in the city by 160,000 by the year 2020.
"We are going to change that by capping the number of licenses available in each community", de Blasio said. An estimated 900,000 New York City residents now smoke.
De Blasio's proposal doesn't take into account the fact that e-cigarettes have been shown to help people quit smoking.
"We resent the fact that the administration and the City Council are trying to attack law-abiding retailers when the real problem is on the streets", said James Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores. About 12,000 people in NY die each year from smoking-related illnesses, according to the Times.
"This whole package of bills is misdirected at licensed, responsible retailers of tobacco products", said Calvin, whose group headquartered in the state capital of Albany has 1,600 members.
April 20, is "All Acceptance Day" in New York City - a day when parents find out which Pre-K their child has been accepted to. The city in 2013 also raised the age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.
Council Member Fernando Cabrera, who introduced the bill to create the licensing requirement for e-cigarette retailers, described the proposal as "a major step to limit the use of e-cigarettes, which are unsafe nicotine delivery systems that can lead to nicotine and potentially drug addiction".