New Yorkers who smoke now pay the highest tax in the country:  $2.75 per pack of cigarettes.  Some New Yorkers are switching to Roll your Own cigarettes, others are looking to Native American stores, the Internet and bootleggers…

Source:  Newsday

"New Yorkers start paying the highest cigarette taxes in the nation Tuesday with the latest $1.25 spike per pack that officials expect to bring in $265 million a year.
"Convenience stores in New York and the smokers who will be pay the price are angry about the change, but health officials hail the tax increase as a success. Officials said cigarette taxes will raise a total of $1.3 billion for the state budget in fiscal year 2008-2009, including the new tax…

"Smokers will be paying $2.75 per pack in state taxes. The average price of a pack of cigarettes is currently $5.82 statewide, and about $8 a pack in New York City, Daines said.

"Audrey Silk, who heads NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment said it’s ridiculous to expect smokers to quit just because the price is climbing. She switched to rolling her own cigarettes since the last New York City tax increase and suggests other smokers will find similar ways to satisfy nicotine cravings.

"’No product has a tax at this rate on it, ’ Silk said. "If there was, there would be screaming, but since we’ve been beaten into submission and nobody listens to us, what else is there to do? It’s unjustifiable and you turn to alternatives, and any consumer group would do the same.’"

"Convenience stores, which historically count on cigarette sales, have also objected to the tax, saying it will drive smokers _ and dollars _ elsewhere.
"’The tax increase is only going to feed that epidemic, ’ said Jim Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores. ‘More and more smokers in New York state are going to abandon our stores that have to charge the tax and shift their purchases to places that don’t charge the tax, most notably Native American stores, the Internet and bootleggers.."

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  1. To all of us Americans concerning the cigarette tax. What’s next when they force us all to stop smoking. Tax the air we breath. This country needs another revolt like the Boston tea party. We elected these jerks and now they are sticking it to us. Who are they to decide for us. This country is only free if you pay a tax and if you don’t you will be jailed. People of NYS FIGHT BACK VOTE ALL OF THESE CROOKS OUT OF OFFICE. I worked for the state for 27 years and now I’m retired. I am moving out of New York State as we the tax payers are over taxed which made me HATE THIS STATE WITH A PASSION.

  2. The taxes are just getting out of hand! What is really sad, I am now seeing matching State Taxes being enacted inline with Federal Taxes too, hence doubling the tax. This is insanity!
    If this is going to be the case, tax items that are considered harmful to people, where is the Twinkie Tax, The out of shape tax, per mile driven on an auto tax, The McDonalds Big Mac Tax, The snack food tax, “NOT TAKING A BATH DAILY TAX” etc…
    Just more excuses to shame others as a means to ‘STEAL’ “WE THE PEOPLE’s” money so that Washington can continue Michelle Obama’s weekly Wednesday Ball Parties and B. Obama’s upgrades to his new Pimp Airship almost daily flights around the nation (formally known as AF-1).
    My main question, all of these extra tax dollars were to also go to help pay for alternative energy programs, in the signed Law. People ask your states where they are using said money! In my region, they are using the money for when the govenor’s get out of office – to have new Governor Structures built to house themselves, their private libraries, and yes, even provide “FREE” installation of Solar and Wind Energy source projects to their corporate backers!
    While at the same time, our War Veterans are now having to bear even more war related injury expense’s out of their own pockets! The state lotto’s that were once to help with this program, well as is the norm, the money was given over to other government programs – i.e. Government Pay Raises, Government 100% insurance coverage “FOR LIFE,” etc…
    THIS IS ONE BIG SCAM and the majority of the American People were lead just like sheep to the alter!
    And if ‘The People’ think it is ending just here, you best get out and do some reading on your State Leg. boards that are voting for even more taxes in each state – you will be shocked!
    And those little World War 2 Victory Gardens our grandparents planted to help make ends meet, “YES” those are up to be taxed also! Our county Tax assessor was just here 3 days ago to see if I had plowed up any ground and was projecting a garden. My neighbor did, and the size of of the plowed grow was measured and noted now as being “DEVELOPED” property for “FOOD TAXATION!
    Just make sure you close the bathroom door when you go inside, that will be next!

  3. Its time to take action and stop bithing. Smokers must ban together let government officials know that they will no longer be in office for the next term. All smokers should get a list off all who hold elected positions and vow to vote against and put out of office these people who have decided to persicute SMOKERS. Fast food and junk food are now the biggest killers and they go scott free where cigarette smokers are being robbed every day. Vote to have a clean sweep every election and put new people in office with the warning that it will be their last term unless they7u make it fair to all citizens including smokers. They should eliminate 2/3 of the cigarette tax and 1/3 of the tax on fast food and junk food and 1/3 on booze. Then it would be almost fair but all would still be overtaxed. Sending 5 million signatures to Albany with a vow to remove them all from office in the next election if things don’t change would get attension and 60 to 70 million for the federaL GOVERNMENT should do. Lets get a online petition going.

  4. I am a smoker! I will never quit. I don`t want to.Years ago the mob started with gambling,then prostitution,then drugs. They prey upon people with addictions.This government is no different than the mob. They will make money on every thing they can.I got some great ideas for the government. Why don`t you have a farting tax or a fine for farting. Do you know how many people get sick and have to vomit after smelling a fart? In this country your allowed to smoke weed but you can`t sell it.WHY? because you would be cutting in on the goverments income.If you think that they are not involved with drugs ,you must also believe in the easter bunny.which they should also start taxing us for all the eggs we color during easter.WAKE UP AMERICA. The government is going to, sooner or later just take all our money and just give us enough food to live. OH OH! I did it now . they will probably read this and start a food to live tax!!!!! I`m Gone.

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