Bill de Blasio

NYC hikes price of pack of cigarettes to $13, highest in US

The price of a pack of cigarettes in New York City is going up — to at least $13 — and the number of places you can buy them is going down under legislation signed Monday by the mayor.

The new minimum price law, which takes effect on June 1, will make New York the most expensive place in the U.S. to buy cigarettes, Health Department officials said.

"We are sending a loud and clear message that we will not let their greed kill any more New Yorkers without a fight," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a bill signing ceremony at a Brooklyn hospital. "These new laws will not only help reduce the number of smokers in our city, but also save lives."

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