New York mayor expected to pass ban on inquiries of wage history

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New York mayor expected to pass ban on inquiries of wage history

A fifth of adult Staten Islanders smoke cigarettes, according to a 2015 city health survey.

Smokeless tobacco would also cost at least $8 and the price for tobacco-containing shisha packages would be set at $17 under the bill.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking aim at New York City's smokers.

The mayor also indicated he would seek to cap and license the number of cigarette sellers, who far outnumber other types of retailers in the city.

"And big tobacco is still public enemy number one for public health", de Blasio said during a news conference at the American Heart Association in midtown.

Bootlegging of cigarettes (and alcohol, also highly taxed in New York) costs the state almost $2 billion in tax revenue each year.

"These companies have used the same playbook for decades, and we can no longer sit by while the next generation becomes addicted", de Blasio said. Another piece of legislation bans pharmacies-or retail stores that have pharmacies-from selling tobacco products, including cigarettes, a longtime goal of anti-smoking activists.

But high taxes on cigarettes have also created an epidemic of smuggling as unscrupulous distributors seek to make a profit. Raising the minimum prices for all tobacco products, including cigarettes, and imposing a new 10-percent local tax on other tobacco products 2.

By sheer coincidence (if you are completely ignorant to even the most basic concepts of economics), NY has the highest rate of cigarette smuggling in the country. According to the New York Times, an estimated 1,300 people died of opioid overdoses in New York City in 2016.

Cabrera's anti-e-cigarette agenda flies in the face of the general agreement that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking.

Our government should adopt the United Kingdom's Royal College of Physicians position that "the hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5 percent of the harm from smoking tobacco".

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