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Cigarette pack tax hike of $1.25 takes effect in New York City

New Yorkers started paying the highest cigarette taxes in the nation Tuesday with the latest $1.25 spike per pack that officials expect to bring in $265 million a year. The average pack in New York City, which also taxes cigarettes, is now around $8.50.

Smokers will be paying $2.75 per pack in state taxes, a jump from the previous tax of $1.50. Before the new tax, the average price of a pack of cigarettes was $5.82 statewide, and about $8 a pack in New York City, which levies its own taxes, Daines said. The new retail price for a pack in the city could now soar past $10 depending on the store.

Man, do I miss Atlanta sometimes……….I mean, I’m going to stop smoking now because it’s too expensive.

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On a lighter/less serious portrayal of cigarettes note, look at these insane pictures I found of old Parliament Light ads:

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