Meet Bloomberg | Cigarettes

"Nobody likes taxes. But cigarette taxes are something different.

— Michael Bloomberg, New York Sun, January 24, 2006

Bloomberg Tears Into Tobacco Users

During his years in office, Michael Bloomberg attacked smoking and smokers with a vengeance. He donated hundreds of millions of his own money to curb tobacco use. He passed a new law banning smoking in stores, taxis, certain restaurants and schools. Under his nanny-ship, New York City imposed the highest cigarette taxes in the country. And toward the end of his reign, he proposed classifying electronic cigarettes as tobacco products … even though they contain no tobacco.

Smoking Restrictions Issued Under Bloomberg



Bloomberg signed a law banning smoking in almost all restaurants and bars in New York City.



A 58 percent increase in cigarette taxes pushed prices to almost $11 a pack, the highest in the U.S.  



The legal age of buying tobacco, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, rose from 18 to 21.


Cigarettes In The News

New York Post  

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bloomberg’s e-cig ban likely to do more harm than good external link

The goal of the Smoke-Free Air Act has always been to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, and allow people to smoke in fewer places, with the hope that it would cause them to quit. Banning ...

The New York Times  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New York Raising Age To Buy Cigarettes To 21 external link

Bloomberg Efforts Have "Given The City Some Of The Toughest Antismoking Policies In The World "The new law is a capstone to more than a decade of efforts by Mr. Bloomberg, like banning smoking in ...


Monday, April 22, 2013

Bloomberg Wants To Raise Age Limit For Buying Cigarettes external link

Under Bloomberg, NYC Has Imposed "The Highest Cigarette Taxes In The Country "Over his years in office, the city - at times with the council's involvement - helped impose the highest cigarette taxes in the ...

New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer”  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bloomberg’s Health Initiatives Target Alcohol, Too external link

Booze Can Now Be Added To The List Of Fun Things Mayor Bloomberg Wants Less Of In New York City, With Public Campaigns Against Smoking, Salt, Sugar, And Trans-Fat Already Underway

The New York Times  

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Mayor Signs Law to Ban Smoking Soon At Most Bars external link

Asked if he was worried that the smoking ban would hurt his popularity, the mayor said that 80 percent of New Yorkers do not smoke. ''The only poll that is really going to matter is ...

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