But it might make them poor! Today, NY State has introduced an additional $1.25 tax--for a total $2.75 NY State tax--on cigarettes, which means a pack of smokes is likely to cost between $8.00 to $8.50 in NYC (NYC has a $1.25 tax). NY1 got some comments from smokers on the streets:
"Wow, it's a lot of money," said one smoker. "Probably not enough to make me quit. I don't know how much it will take to make me quit."
"Oh my God! Today I'm going to call 311 and get those free Nicorette packages because I cannot afford $10 for a pack of cigarettes," said another.
"Actually there is no price that I can think of that would make me quit," said a third.
"I got to quit now," said a fourth. "Another $1.25? I'm done."
The city is hoping smokers will end up quitting due to the extra $3,000 they'll be spending. Mayor Bloomberg declared today NYC Quits Day. State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines said, “Today is a great day in New York because this tax increase will save thousands of lives." Free nicotine patches and counseling are available through the NY State Smokers' Quitline.