New York City enacts seven new laws to help reduce the number of smokers by 160,000 by 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a series of bills last week that is expected to save lives by reducing the number of smokers in New York City. While smoking here has significantly declined from 2002 to 2015, the city still has more than 900,000 smokers. These new bills intend to reduce the number of NYC smokers by 160,000 by the year 2020.
Join us to say thank you to the City policymakers who helped make these life-saving measures a reality. These seven bills will impact smoking in New York City by:
- Raising minimum prices on tobacco,
- Limiting tobacco retail licenses,
- Creating a retail license for e-cigarettes,
- Increasing the cigarette license fee,
- Instituting a residential smoking disclosure policy,
- Prohibiting smoking in building common areas, and
- Banning tobacco products in pharmacies.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the nation’s number one killer. The American Heart Association supports healthful policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use, especially among youth, as well as protect non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Please take a moment to thank Mayor de Blasio for signing these bills into law, and the Council leaders for getting these bills passed through the New York City Council.