State funded study: Cigarette tax hurts New York's poor the mostSubmitted by emalvini on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 13:39
State-funded study: Cigarette tax hurts New York’s poor most
Published: 12:14 AM
A study conducted on behalf of the New York State Department of Health has revealed that cigarette taxes hurt the poorest New Yorkers the most.
Low-income smokers, defined as individuals in households making less than $30,000 a year, spent an average of 23.6 percent of the annual household income on cigarettes. That number is up from 11.6 percent in 2003-2004 and in spite of increasing cigarette taxes imposed by the state and city governments.
By comparison, smokers in households making over $60,000 a year, spent an average of 2.2 percent of their household income on cigarettes.
At $4.35 per pack of 20, New York has the highest state cigarette tax in the country. But the tax on a pack can cost up to $6.46 in the state, when combined with the $0.61 state sales tax and additional city excise tax. New York City, for instance, tacks on $1.50 per pack.