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Smoker's Choice, a tobacco shop in Catskill, is just one example. Since the tax hike, the shop's workers have noticed that many customers have shifted their buying habits towards cheaper cigar packs. After all, the nation's economy is not exactly at a high point, and many customers are also facing hard financial times. As a way to ease the pain, Smoker's Choice has decided to publicly post announcements in the store if a certain product's price is set to go up. We are not just talking about diminutive rises in price, either. For instance, one announcement was posted to warn customers that a pack of 20 Dean's cigars would jump to $56. That same 20-pack's previous price? A mere $36. By posting the price jump beforehand, the shop can let its customers cash in on the cheaper price, and it allows the shop owners to move more product as well.

Another example of a retailer hit hard by the tobacco tax hike in the Catskill area is that of the Country Smoke Shop. The shop's owner, Tahir Chattha, claims that the shop is barely getting by. Although its cigarette sales have been affected most, due to a July 1 tax that more than doubled the per-pack tax, cigar sales have taken a huge hit too. The cost of a single cigar is approximately double of what it used to be, and Chattha estimates that the shop's tobacco sales have decreased from around 30 to 40 percent since the new taxes were enacted.

As one can clearly see, New York's decision to increase taxes on cigars and other similar products are crippling many local businesses. Although Smoker's Choice and the Country Smoke Shop are just two examples, you can bet that many other retailers within the state are feeling similar pain. Perhaps it will take the shutting down of many local businesses to have legislators wake up and realize that New York's taxes are way too high.




0 # New York taxesJJ in Buffalo 2010-09-04 14:06
The high tax was inevitable since Albany cannot seem to get its act together on a budget. They've cut social services, police and fire in an unsuccessful attempt to deliver a budget.

As a result, cigarettes are nearly $10 a pack. Having quit smoking cigarettes two years ago, I initially didn't think more than "Holy Sh*t" at the price. I have since started smoking cigars and have found buying them online is significantly cheaper with the tax gluttons none the wiser. The same cigar online is almost half the price per stick.

The health argument is strong here and everywhere. There are extremely graphic TV spots to encourage people to stop smoking. I initially quit due to my health. I'm a Type 1 diabetic with kidney problems.

Why did I start smoking again? Cigars are my one vice. I don't have space to list my medical problems but, trust me, I don't do anything else. I barely even drink any more. If a cigar a day puts me in my grave, it's far more acceptable to me!

I've always said, "Ex-smokers are far worse than non-smokers." For some reason they are far more bitter about their addiction. Anyway, I've rambled off the subject here. New Yorkers have a bumper sticker, "Born Free, Taxed to Death." The government in NY is desperate to tax us to death, be it tobacco or gasoline. I don't know where it's going to stop. But I still see a large number of people lighting up wherever they can.

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