Smokers, cigarette sellers fuming over tax that takes a pack up to at least $12.75BY Lore Croghan
Jul. 01, 2010
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No butts about it - smokers and shopkeepers are not fans of New York's $1.60 cigarette tax hike.
In the space of three hours Thursday, four customers at a convenience shop called Candy Store in Times Square declined to buy a pack when they heard the price was up to $12.75.
"This hurts small businesses - big-time," said Nashwan Alokam, a worker at the Eighth Ave. store.
The increase that took effect Thursday jacked the total tax on smokes sold in New York to $6.85 per pack.