Johnson's bill also would levy a 10 percent tax on other tobacco products, such as shisha containing tobacco, loose tobacco, smokeless tobacco and cigars.
Mayor Bill de Blasio holds up examples of old and new smoking advertisements during a press conference to announce a series of bills to reduce the number of smokers in the city, April 19, 2017.
De Blasio's new package of five anti-smoking bills, if approved by the City Council, would also make it harder to sell e-cigarettes in the city by imposing the same licensing restrictions on e-cig sellers as are now imposed on cigarette sellers. It would create a retail license for e-cigarettes.
Leaders framed the initiative as one of the biggest drives to reduce smoking in the city since Mayor Michael Bloomberg worked to ban cigarettes in bars and restaurants.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Basset added the aim is to make it harder to start smoking and easier to quit.
The city wants to hike the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes in the five boroughs from $10.50 to $13.
"These companies have used the same playbook for decades, and we can no longer sit by while the next generation becomes addicted", de Blasio said.
According to a representative of the American Cancer Society interviewed by the New York Times after the study was released, those in the less than $30,000 per year income bracket paid 39 percent of all city and state taxes on cigarettes.
There would also be a tax on other tobacco products.
Even if new regulations go into effect and prices go up, Meghan Quick said her friends would just cross state lines to find cheaper cigarettes.