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New York Smoking Tax

Cigarette Price Increases Don't Burden Low-Income New Yorkers, Smoking Does

Sheelah A. Feinberg | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York
Sheelah A. Feinberg

A new study shows that low-income smokers in New York spend 25 percent of their income on cigarettes. Smokers' rights advocates argue that this proves high taxes on cigarettes are punitive and regressive. We couldn't disagree more.