NYC versus tobacco: Three new smoking deterrents spark controversy


New York has long been unfriendly to smokers, particularly with the ban instituted in 2003. This year, however, a renewed effort to curb tobacco sales could translate to a negative financial impact on a city that has already felt the effects of downturns in media, finance and travel industries.

Several proposed new measures could increase the restrictions on smokers in New York -- but they may have a cost to taxpayers.