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Bobby Caina Calvan / AP

The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes in New York City is about to jump to $13 as a part of a series of legislation aimed to reduce smoking.

The New York City Council passed seven bills that include the 25 percent price hike on cigarettes and a 10 percent tax on all other tobacco products.

They also ban e-cigarettes from areas with smoking bans and further regulate cigarette retailers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio supports the bills but has not announced when he will sign them.

Charles Lane

As they continue to deal with a troubled budget Suffolk County lawmakers are meeting Tuesday to consider a number of revenue generators including hikes to traffic and parking fees and also suing big tobacco.

Craig LeMoult

Shoppers at a CVS pharmacy in downtown Stamford had a mixed reaction Wednesday to the news that the national chain plans to stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide.