New York City Must Continue to Lead in Fighting Tobacco!

New York City is considering new 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 that entice kids and raise the legal sale age to purchase tobacco products. Help us protect New York City kids!

Tell your council member to support these new initiatives to prohibit tobacco discounts and increase the legal sale age. They’ll help reduce NYC's smoking rates even further.

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.

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.