Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation raising the minimum price for a pack of cigarettes to $13 in New York City, making it the most expensive place to buy cigarettes in the U.S.
Health Department officials say the hike from $10.50 will make the city the most expensive place to buy cigarettes in the country. The $13-a-pack cost includes taxes.
The law goes into effect on June 1.
Another bill signed by the mayor gradually reduces by half the number of licenses issued to retailers to sell tobacco products.