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Mayor Michael Bloomberg bill would set minimum price on cigarettes
NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's newest health campaign is to guarantee that anyone who buys a pack of cigarettes really gets to see their money go up in smoke.
Bloomberg is calling for the city to establish a minimum price of $10.50 for a pack of cigarettes or small cigars.
The mayor says that will make smoking too expensive to lure in teenagers or the poor.
The bill, a companion to Bloomberg's plan to move cigarettes out of sight in stores, would also prohibit retailers from redeeming coupons or offering other discounts like two-for-one deals
Providence, Rhode Island, started a similar policy in January.
Tobacco companies sued, but they lost. They are now appealing.
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