Loose Tobacco to Get Bigger Tax in NY Budget

Cuomo's budget proposal would tax loose tobacco at the same rate as cigarettes, calculated at $4.53 per ounce

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 4:21 PM EDT
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Loose Tobacco to Get Bigger Tax in NY Budget

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo would close a loophole that allows loose tobacco to sell for less than cigarettes in an enforcement effort applauded by anti-smoking advocates.

Cuomo's other budget proposal would tax loose tobacco at the same rate as cigarettes, calculated at $4.53 per ounce.

But the American Cancer Society also says the state's anti-smoking programs remain underfunded, especially since New York receives $2 billion in tobacco taxes.

The Cancer Society is upset that Cuomo proposes cutting $5 million from the state's anti-smoking program, which has proven to reduce smoking and health costs.

But the society praises Cuomo for continuing to fund free screenings for breast and colon cancer.

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