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New York sets the pace in tobacco control


Smokers are more threatened than ever in the USA! The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has just adopted a series of measures to drastically reduce the number of smokers in his conurbation. Tobacco control will therefore intensify in the Big Apple.

Bill de Blasio has officially declared war on smokers and tobacco according to information from the Figaro. The mayor of New York City took a series of seven steps on Monday. In this way, it wants to effectively fight against smoking and strengthen the tools for tobacco control.

A drastic increase in the price of cigarette packages

Cigarette prices will therefore rise substantially at the " Big Apple ". According to some U. S. media reports, cigarette packages will increase from $10.5 to $13.00. These new rates in New York will be the highest price for a package in the United States. Many points of sale already apply such rates. According to the Municipal Department of Health, the average is currently $11.23 a package.

New York Mayor's Other Proposals in Tobacco Control

Among the other measures proposed, tobacco outlets will also decrease. Bill de Blasio wants to introduce a new 10% tax on other tobacco products. This amount (almost $1 million) will be used to fund housing assistance organizations. The e cigarette will also be subject to restrictive measures. The number of points of sale for this recent alternative smoking device will be halved. The cost of renewing the licences of these establishments will also be significantly increased.

Quantified targets for tobacco control

The ultimate goal of these measures is to continue the decline in the number of smokers registered since 2002. Smokers account for 900,000 out of the 8.5 million people in New York City, nearly one in ten, according to figures released by the city's mayor. Bill de Blasio's statement also states that 12,000 New Yorkers die each year from tobacco. The goal would be to reduce the number of consumers by 160,000 within three years.

The unfailing mobilization of the Mayor of New York City

Bill de Blasio started a fight with tobacco lobbies. These measures could provoke anger among smokers in the city. Bill de Blasio took a risky gamble with these clever choices in the fight against smoking. He will have to try to run for a new mandate next November in the municipal elections.

Similar measures soon to be implemented in France

In France, the Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, wants to raise the price of a tobacco package to ¤10 within three years. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality in France with nearly 78,000 premature deaths each year.
publié le mercredi 29 novembre à 05:58

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