Strong Cig Tax Enforcement Means Fewer Smokers

Statement from Blair Horner, Vice President for Advocacy, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ, regarding cigarette tax enforcement efforts of the Cuomo administration.

“It’s not rocket science – higher cigarette prices mean fewer smokers.  Taxes are an important tool to encourage smokers to quit and to prevent kids from ever starting.  But to get the most bang for these bucks, taxes must be collected everywhere cigarettes are sold, including Indian reservations. 

New York leads the nation in cigarette taxes at $4.35 per pack.  High cigarette taxes are one important component of a comprehensive approach to reducing smoking rates.  Other vital pieces include smoke-free worksites and a strong tobacco control program.

The American Cancer Society applauds Gov. Cuomo for his commitment to the health of New Yorkers as shown through this increase in cigarette tax enforcement.  We urge the Governor to collect cigarette taxes on Indian reservations just as aggressively as was demonstrated today in the non-Indian retail environment.” 

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