NYC's $11 cigarettes mean it's time to quit
The tax on smokeless tobacco also is going up to $2 an ounce, The New York Times is reporting. Other taxes including those on cigars and dips also is going up. In addition, the state also wants to start collecting taxes on cigarettes sold to visitors on Indian reservations.
While some smoking cessation proponents hope that higher taxes mean people will quit smoking, not everyone's convinced that will happen.
Tamara Leach, the tobacco recovery program director at the nonprofit Lifespan, says it depends on a smoker's resolve. "Addiction is strong. If people don't want to quit, they won't -- bottom line," Leach told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
In a blog post in May, CigarettePriceWatch criticized such taxes because they single out smokers. "Fairness to smokers isn't important to them."