New York mayor’s withdrawal of display ban a win for electronic cigarettes
WASHINGTON, November 6, 2013 — New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg dropped his proposed ban on cigarette displays in stores. But the city will see an increase in the required age to purchase cigarettes. In order to buy cigarettes in New York City, purchasers will be required to prove they are at least 21 years of age.
Bloomberg has made no secret of his feelings on cigarettes during his administration, banning smoking in most public places, and raising minimum prices of cigarettes to an unprecedented $10.50 a pack. In fact, New York City holds the highest cigarette tax in the country, with each pack incurring $5.85 in state and local taxes. So the recent withdrawal of Bloomberg’s proposal to ban in-store cigarette displays was a win for manufacturers of tobacco and electronic cigarettes around the country.