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Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bill Raising Smoking Age in NYC to 21--Credit to William Alatriste New York City CouncilOn Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg signed landmark legislation making New York City the first major city in the country to raise to 21 the minimum sale age for cigarettes, cigars, and electronic cigarettes.  The Mayor also signed a law that will stop tobacco industry discounting schemes, set a $10.50 price floor for a pack of cigarettes or little cigars, and crack down on cigarette tax evasion.

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Cigarette Discounts Prey on the Poor

Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Dr. Kurt Ribisl conducts research in the area of tobacco control and specializes in youth access to tobacco products.  We asked him what he thought about the proposed Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Act that is being considered by the NY City Council.  Here’s what he said:

“Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to regulate the sales and marketing of tobacco products at New York City retailers will decrease the appeal and use of tobacco products, particularly among youth.

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Save Our Stores

Steve Nallen's store in the Bronx

Steve Nallen’s store in the Bronx

The NY City Council is currently considering proposed legislation that would prevent the use of coupons and other discounts and create a price floor for a pack of cigarettes.  The measure would also increase penalties to retailers who sell loose or unstamped tobacco products.  What do retailers think of this proposal?  We asked Steve Nallen who runs a family-owned deli in the Bronx.  Here’s what Steve thinks:

“My family has run a deli in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx for almost 35 years.  Business is tough in in today’s economy, but my family has always played by the rules.

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New York State Supreme Court Overturns Smoke-Free Policy in NYS Parks and Playgrounds

We were disappointed to learn that on October 8, a New York State Supreme Court judge struck down regulations from the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP) that restricted tobacco use in state parks and playgrounds.  In his ruling, the judge said that he was not expressing an opinion on the wisdom of the regulation, but that OPRHP just did not have the authority to make the regulation.

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What is the FDA Doing About Menthol Cigarettes?

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We Need to Do More

mmrWhile the smoking rate in NYC is lower for youth and adults than the national rates, the recently released Mayor’s Management Report shows that the adult smoking rate, currently at 15.5%, has remained essentially unchanged since 2010.

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Celebrating A Decade of Clean Indoor Air in NY State

NY Clean Indoor Air Act imageTen years ago today, New York State passed the expanded Clean Indoor Air Act making all bars, restaurants and bowling alleys smoke-free.  Thanks to this groundbreaking legislation, New Yorkers all across our State could enjoy a smoke-free night out with family or friends.  Also, hospitality workers who had been forced to breathe in secondhand smoke during each shift could now go to work without endangering their health.

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