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NY cigarette tax hike has some smokers ready to quit

Some smokers are ready to exchange their Marlboros for Juicy Fruit in the face of a cigarette tax hike. Starting Tuesday, smokers in New York will have to shell out another $1.25 for a pack of cigarettes,

News 12 Staff

Jun 2, 2008, 11:17 PM

Updated 5,885 days ago

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Some smokers are ready to exchange their Marlboros for Juicy Fruit in the face of a cigarette tax hike.
Starting Tuesday, smokers in New York will have to shell out another $1.25 for a pack of cigarettes, which has some saying they?re just about ready to give up the habit.
The day before the tax hike takes effect, signs at Syosset's Food Express already reflected the new prices. Some were as high as $7.30 per pack.
Customer Jamell Richardson, of West Hempstead, says after 16 years of smoking, he?s just about had enough. "I'll probably stop smoking tomorrow,? Richardson says.
State lawmakers say they expect to see 140,000 New Yorkers quit smoking because of the hike. However, some shop owners say the customers almost always come back.
Food Express owner Rohit Patel says he expects a drop in sales when the hike takes effect.
The increase is part of the state's $83 million anti-smoking effort, which lawmakers say will produce more than $5 billion in long-term health care savings and raise about $265 million in new state revenues a year.
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