Why are smokes taxed so high in NY state?

Why are smokes taxed so high in NY state?

WierdAl WierdAl
Why are smokes taxed so high in NY State? Are there any other States that tact on a large fee for tobacco?
10/05/2011
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Ghost Ghost
That would be every state, pretty much.
10/06/2011
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
I live in TX and a friend lives in NY, the packs I can buy around here for $5-something a pack, she pays about $9 a pack for.
10/06/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
I live in Alaska.

I noticed a sign the other day which I thought funny. It said, "Big Bargain Cigarettes (think the brand was Pal Mal?)$7.95/pack Biggest Discount of the Year!" I laughed and thought, "Damn, that's the discounted price? I'd hate to see the regular price!"

I stopped smoking cigarettes 18.5 years ago when they went up to $1.25/pack. I swore if they got that high I'd boycott. I did and I quit! Thank God.
10/06/2011
Destri Destri
Here in Arizona they are about $6 a pack. My hubby and I smoke roll your owns, and that saves a ton of money.
10/06/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I wish they were taxed a lot higher than they are over here!
10/06/2011
wetone123 wetone123
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Originally posted by Destri
Here in Arizona they are about $6 a pack. My hubby and I smoke roll your owns, and that saves a ton of money.
Thats what I do too! At $50 a carton, I can't afford it. Rolling my own saves me buckets of money at only about $10 a carton. Of course you have to use pipe tobacco to get this savings. Hope they don't start taxing that now!

That being said, I do wish I could quit! Such a nasty habit!
10/06/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
The cigarette tax is very high in New York for a few reasons. Firstly, New York prices are higher, on average, than most of the USA (major metropolitan areas often are more expensive), thus our taxes are higher: our sales tax is 8.5%. Secondly, our mayor increased the tax as part of his campaign to reduce smoking amongst New York residence. It's working, because so many people can no longer afford a pack of cigarettes that's as much as $14 per pack.
10/06/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by WierdAl
Why are smokes taxed so high in NY State? Are there any other States that tact on a large fee for tobacco?
In Illinois, the state tax for a pack of cigarettes is $0.98. There was an attempt, which sadly failed to tack on an additional $1.00 to the state taxes. In this state, towns and counties can tack on their own taxes, so buying cigarettes is cheaper in say, DuPage County than across the road in Cook County.

A carton of regular smokes at a tobacco store in our area varies from about $56.00 to $60.00 a carton. As you can see, I think our family money can be spent a lot more wisely.

I keep wishing My Man would quit. We'd have more money.... for the children....

I think I'm going to start a new thing; every time he buys $50.00 worth of cigarettes (and he only buys them by the pack, so they're even more expensive) I get $50.00 to have my nails done. At least my nails are giving my children cancer.
10/06/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Redboxbaby
I live in Alaska.

I noticed a sign the other day which I thought funny. It said, "Big Bargain Cigarettes (think the brand was Pal Mal?)$7.95/pack Biggest Discount of the Year!" I laughed and thought, "Damn, that's the ...
Good for you, Redboxbaby! It can be done. It just takes some hard work.

My Man was on Chantix to help him quit and was doing well, and his mother (who is an unapologetic smoker, even around children) told him, "That drug is dangerous, it will make you want to commit suicide." He stopped using the drug (he can be so... ridiculous sometimes, especially when it comes to his mother) and was smoking in less than a week.

I think it's a disgusting habit, it makes his hair and clothes smell, it could well kill him. My closest friend just lost her husband, life partner and Dom to the evil cancer stick. He was My Man's best friend. Does he not GET it?
10/06/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by P'Gell
In Illinois, the state tax for a pack of cigarettes is $0.98. There was an attempt, which sadly failed to tack on an additional $1.00 to the state taxes. In this state, towns and counties can tack on their own taxes, so buying cigarettes is cheaper ...
I stupidly typed :At least my nails are giving my children cancer. I meant, At least my nails aren't giving my kids cancer or breathing problems. I hit Post too quickly.
10/06/2011
emilia emilia
I am glad I do not smoke
10/06/2011
Beck Beck
Actually here in Ohio it is not the whole state. It is just where we happen to live. There is a large tax for our area on top of the tax for the state.

This is what happened in our area.
"The latest target dates to when the state raised its cigarette excise tax to $1.25 per pack. (In Cuyahoga County, customers pay an additional 34.5 cents per pack; the bulk of that represents a voter-approved tax to raise money for arts and cultural programs.)"

I do not smoke, my husband use to. He quit smoking cigarettes and went to them mini cigars. The tax is not added to those, they are a different type of tobacco. So now he is paying less than $3 per pack. Really saves some money!

I just read that they are trying to up it again here.
10/06/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Good for you, Redboxbaby! It can be done. It just takes some hard work.

My Man was on Chantix to help him quit and was doing well, and his mother (who is an unapologetic smoker, even around children) told him, "That drug is dangerous, ...
My dad smoked for 40+ years!

I always wonder if exposure to cigarette smoke from the day I was born, and smoking for 7 years myself contributed to my MS and brain tumor.

I just hope it didn't do irreversible damage to the rest of my body, i.e. my lungs, heart, or other vital organs.
10/06/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
Well, someone covered this already, but NY has a higher tax rate to begin with. However, higher taxes on cigs don't necessarily mean more people will quit. The gov banks that people won't quit smoking because it is so damned addictive, so they tack on a tax that is guaranteed to bring in revenue- if anything, it's brilliant.

If you don't like the taxes, don't consume tobacco.
10/06/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
I think the cheapest cigarettes you can buy in the city now are Mavericks, and they're $10 or $11 or something like that. When I smoked, I smoked rollies because it was cheap. In the past two years though the price of a pouch of Bugler went from $2 to $7 or $8!!! You can still go upstate and buy Reserves or over the border and buy in Pennsylvania. You can also get those massive bags of tobacco and roll your own, but the tobacco gets stale before you use it all. It's okay if you keep an orange peel in the bag though; it keeps it fresh.

Tobacco companies are all kinds of evil, and now New York state is in on the racket, too. My ass the taxes are for the sake of our health. Bunch of fucking crooks.

10/06/2011
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