'More aggressive' tobacco push
The New York Public Interest Research Group says the tobacco industry spent as much on lobbying expenses and political donations in New York in the first half of 2013 ($3.6 million) as it spent in the entire 24 months of 2011 ($1.8 million) and 2012 ($1.7 million) combined.
"From Buffalo to Montauk Point, the tobacco industry is alive and well — unlike its smoking clients — to impact on public policy," said NYPIRG's Blair Horner. " ... They're definitely more aggressive than we've seen in years."
NYPIRG's report, titled "Rising from the Ashes," said the uptick was largely due to the industry's push-back against former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to end point-of-sale advertising in retail outlets.