New York City Must Continue to Lead in Fighting Tobacco!
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New York City Council

New York City Must Continue to Lead in Fighting Tobacco!

    1. Sponsored by

      Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

New York City is considering three pieces of legislation to build on the tremendous progress the city has made in reducing smoking, especially among kids. These bills would crack down on cheap cigarettes and stores displays of tobacco products that entice kids.  Help us protect New York City kids by supporting these proposals!

Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Bill

- Increases penalties for retailers who evade tobacco taxes or sell tobacco without a license.

- Prohibits retailers from redeeming coupons or honoring other price discounts for tobacco products.

- Creates a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, which are virtually identical to cigarettes, at $10.50 per pack.

- Requires that cheap cigars and cigarillos be sold in packages of at least 4, and little cigars be sold in packages of at least 20. Cigars that cost more than $3 each are exempt from the packaging rule.

Tobacco Product Restriction Bill

- Prohibits the display of tobacco products at retail counters, keeping them out of view of children.

- Does not inhibit retailers ability to advertise and communicate tobacco product price and information to customers.

Raising the Age to 21 Bill

- Raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 in New York City.

- Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and in NYC.

- 20,000 public high school students currently smoke in NYC. 

Tell your council member to support these new initiatives to prohibit tobacco discounts and tobacco stores displays. They’ll help reduce NYC's smoking rates even further.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      Annual Deaths Caused by Smoking

      According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is the second leading cause of deaths all around the globe. The WHO estimates that 10 percent of all deaths are smoking related, which comes out to about five million people each year. This number is expected to grow to 10 million by 2020. Half of all smokers will die from their tobacco use. That's about 325 million deaths total.

      Secondhand Smoking Deaths

      Secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, is a mix of smoke exhaled from smokers and smoke from the burning end of a tobacco product. In effect, even the person who isn't actively smoking is still passively smoking. The dangerous components of second hand smoke linger in the air for hours after the burning tobacco product has been put out. Secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths in America each year. Some of those deaths are children who are victims of of sudden infant death syndrome and premature birth complications, among other causes.


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