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Higher Cigarette Tax Takes Effect

By Mark Scott

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Buffalo, NY – A pack of cigarettes will cost New Yorkers more starting Tuesday.

The state's tax on a pack will jump from $1.50 to $2.75, making New York's cigarette tax the highest in the nation.

Gasoline prices have skyrocketed. It's costing more to shop for food. And now, if you're a smoker, you'll be shelling out more for that pack of cigarettes. There's not much we can do about those rising gas prices. Smokers, on the other hand, do have a choice. They can quit. Of course, that's not always easy. But help is available.

Tom Haney is Wellness Program Administrator at Independent Health and is one of this region's most respected health and fitness experts. He joined on the phone to talk more about this.

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