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

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Getty Images

    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.