Personally I don’t commit acts of violence, I may be addicted to nicotine, but unlike alcoholics, cocaine-crack and her0in, I don’t know of any smokers or neo vapers who commit crimes for this enjoyment of smoking or vaping? Sin taxes supposedly due to health risks, unfortunately, that is opinion and it is not SCIENCE. This is victimization of one consumer those that use nicotine. Black Markets started with alcohol prohibition and I guess they just never get it.
A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation.
According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New York—the highest importer of smuggled cigarettes—originated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per pack.
Cigarette taxes rose in 30 states and the District of Columbia between 2006 and 2012. Hiking tobacco taxes has been shown to make a dent in smoking rates—in particular among younger smokers—but also creates sometimes sharp state-to-state price differentials that incentivize illegal smuggling.
The state with the highest…
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