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!
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