The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1.
FedEx knowingly violated the terms of a settlement when it delivered tons of untaxed cigarettes to New York City residents, the city government alleges in a civil lawsuit filed Monday.
Police on Monday were asking the public to help them find two men wanted in the robberies of three stores in southern Brooklyn.
The legislation makes New York the first large city or state in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.
It’s the latest effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to target the cigarette industry. New York would become the first major city to raise the age for buying cigarettes.
The Bloomberg administration has dropped piece of legislation that would have kept cigarettes out of sight in New York City stores, according to a published report.
According to officials, the 95-cent tax would generate an additional $50 million in tax revenue for the state. The cigarette tax is currently $3.40 per pack in the state/
Some merchants on Wednesday were protesting against the idea of raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes in New York City, saying it would severely damage their bottom line.
Tobacco products would be required to be kept in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in any other concealed location.
Under the new legislation, sellers would be required to keep tobacco products out of sight except during a purchase by an adult consumer or during restocking.
City To Receive $2.4 Million Settlement From FedEx Ground Over Alleged Contraband Cigarette Deliveries
The city sued FedEx Ground for accepting packages from a Kentucky company called CigarettesDirect2U, which helped New Yorkers evade high cigarette taxes by shipping untaxed cartons from out-of-state.
It’s one of more than a dozen malls owned Pyramid Management Group that is now 100 percent tobacco free, part of a new policy that began on Thursday.
A number of Senators are asking the Justice Department to appeal the court ruling that found tobacco companies can’t be compelled to label cigarettes with graphic photos of ailments that may afflict long term smokers.
Nearly two dozen people have been arrested for allegedly buying and distributing untaxed cigarettes, evading over $2 million in city and state taxes.
New York City is shutting down two roll your own cigarette stores – one on Staten Island and the other in Chinatown, alleging disregard of tax statutes in violation of the federal contraband trafficking act.