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A pack of cigarettes in New York City now costs $11

Where there's smoke, there's taxes -- especially for New Yorkers. In an emergency budget move officials say will generate $440 million in revenue, the state legislature just passed a bill that gives New York the highest cigarette taxes in the country. Starting July 1, every pack sold in the state will cost an extra $1.60, raising the total state tax to $4.35 and pushing the average cost of a pack up to $9.20. For New York City residents, the cost of a pack will now come out to close to $11 -- a $2 rise from just over a year ago.

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The state will also start making attempts to collect taxes from cigarettes sold on Indian reservations, a controversial move which could encourage more Native American groups to manufacture their own brands of tax-free cigarettes.

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The $440 million in revenue will benefit health care programs, AIDS drugs subsidies, tobacco cessation programs and $71.6 million will go to the state cancer research center in Buffalo. Supporters also laud the health benefits, saying it will reduce the number of smokers by tens of thousands of people.

Native American tribes of New York consider the collection plan highly volatile. Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. J.C. Seneca is calling the move "a deliberate effort to sabotage our federal treaty rights." J.C. Seneca, another Seneca leader, says it represents "an act of war" between the state and Indian tribes. New York has been trying to collect cigarette taxes from Native American tribes since the early 1990s.

New Yorkers who refuse to quit smoking can expect heavy long-term costs. Under current taxes, a smoking habit can cost a New York City resident up to $6,000 over two years.

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My uncle lived most of his life in New York and died early this past Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer. As a young man, he started smoking in the Army (WWII) and continued to smoke until he quit about 8 years ago. He was never sick prior to being diagnosed with cancer. He had a strong work ethic and started a small restaurant business after the war. He retired at 68. Medical bills consumed all his resources until only Medicare was left. He was a person who never wanted to have become a burden on society. If taxpayers knew how much it cost for him to suffer his last year until death, they might think the taxes on cigarettes in New York are not nearly high enough. Nobody needs to start smoking but once your hooked; it's very difficult to quit. If high taxes prevent people from starting to smoke then perhaps many can avoid the suffering and burden to our health care system such as had my uncle.

YOU HAVE UNBEATABLE PROOF HE HAD CANCER FROM SMOKING? A DOCTOR SINGED A DEATH CERTIFICATE THAT SAID CANCER WAS FROM SMOKING? DIDN'T THINK SO.

Why don't they make it illegal to smoke. We smokers are doing nothing wrong. Where would they get tax money then? People would really start bitching if they took the tax from somewhere else from, DS

Totally agree with all the smokers here. There are many 'reasons' older people die these days and smoking 'causes' are not IT. I know people who smoked a pack or more a day that lived into their eighties and nineties, so what does that say about 'SCIENCE'?

WHAT IF ALL THE ALCOHOL DRINKERS WERE TAXED LIKE THAT?
WE COULD PAY OFF ALL KINDS OF STATE AND FED TAXES, AS THERE ARE MANY MORE OF THEM!!!

Amen. MJ has not killed 1 person yet TB is legal and MJ is not. They wont outlaw it BC that would cause riots. It would be just like prohabition.

How about a FAT tax. Obesiety costs the healthcare system far more than smokers do. Tax that cupcake going into a fat-asses mouth and leave the smokers alone. We already pay for enough BS programs.

Because no one ever got sick sitting NEXT to a cupcake, GARY.

how do you know, perhaps the cup cake over loaded the person next to you, and he fell over and crushed you, to death.

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