It makes new york the first major city in the u.S. To raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21. The anti-tobacco policy called for by mayor michael bloomberg had already reduced the percentage of youth smokers in the city from 17.6 to 8.5 percent between 2001 and 2007. Since then, however, the number has stagnated, the newspaper wrote. New york was also the starting point for the ban on smoking in offices, restaurants and bars, which has since been adopted by several other countries.
In addition, the city council has now banned special offers for tobacco products. The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes in new york has been set at $10.50 (7.62 euros). The president of the new york association of general stores, james calvin, warned of the loss of thousands of jobs in his trade.
New york had imposed a series of health-claiming measures on its burgers during bloomberg’s three terms in office. Among other things, it made it compulsory for restaurants and snack bars to indicate the calorie content of their dishes on the menu.