The New York City Council voted this week (August 7th week) to raise the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes to $13.00 and banned all cigarette sales in pharmacies. The current minimum is $10.50. City officials believe this will lead to smoking cessation while opponents believe it will lead to more black market sales or residents leaving the state to spend their money elsewhere. E-cigarettes are also being clamped down on by NYC, and an additional 10% tax on all non-cigarette tobacco products plus an increase in the cost to obtain a tobacco sellers license.
What side of the debate are you on?
This is an example of nanny government, that goes too far, even for me
Plus NYC is preying upon the poor for more tax revenue
Would you care to contribute to the funeral expenses of one "Wilderness"? He expired on reading your post, so you are partly responsible, after all.
The latter, if people want to smoke they are going to smoke, they'll find a way, without it costing them the price of a tank of gas. Whatever it takes!
Each time liberals intrude further into what should be private matters/ individual choices, such as this cigarette extortion tax, (and let's not forget about the big gulp tax) they do damage to Mom and Pop Establishments. Hurting small and mid-size business, hurts the City in the long run.
More than a few states/localities are finding that their income is dropping from such tactics. Whereupon taxes must be raised on someone else. Indicating it never was about "helping" (read: "forcing") people be healthy; it was always about the money, and smokers are a small, powerless group so hit 'em hard!
by ross670daw 3 years ago
I am struggling with quitting smoking, how did you quit, I need help?Smoking for about 34 years now, have tried to quit on many occasions without lasting results. I'm determined to be free of this addiction and would like to know if there was anything specific you have found that worked for you....
by Timothy Brakhage 6 years ago
Why are cigarettes so expensive now days? With the cost of gas prices going up to $3.75 per gallon and the shipping cost for postages on the rise, this explains a part in prices going up. However Marlboro is one of the companies that are producing a same quality of cigarette. Marlboro blacks seem...
by romper20 6 years ago
Anyone ever used an electronic cigarette? If so what are some of the advantages over regulars cigs, if any?
by Twenty One Days 7 years ago
We can all agree, smoking tobacco inside is quite unhealthy and annoying. Parks, school grounds -heck even church grounds, were added to the "city limits" as for smoking.today, however, Mayor Bloomberg has legally enacted a city wide no Public Smoking Ban.Keep in mind, nearly 4 million...
by Dr. Helen Borel 9 years ago
"Poor vocabulary and low verbal fluency" are hallmarks of the early dementia suffered by smokers. Smoking is thought to lead to cognitive deficit and cognitive decline, known risk factors for the subsequent development of dementia.Since cigarette smoking is a modifiable risk factor,...
by Paula 2 years ago
If you were successful at quitting the wretched habit of smoking..How many times did you TRY and HOW did you finally quit?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|