Gov. Hochul Hopes to Raise Cigarette Tax and Ban Flavored Vaping Products
By Yehudit Garmaise
Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to encourage the next generation of New Yorkers to stay "tobacco-free generation," by proposing increasing the cigarette tax from $4.35 to $5.35 this year.
The $1 tax spike would make New York’s cigarette tax the highest in the country, is not a small add-on to the packs that run for $10.45 in New York.
In addition, amid a sharp rise in the use of e-cigarette products among Americans under the age of 21, the governor moved to ban the sales of all flavored tobacco products that are inhaled with vaping products.
Although packed with nicotine, vaping companies often peddle flavors, such as “Menthol Freeze” that appeal to children, to get them addicted to the costly and deadly products.
In the past few years, New York raised the minimum age at which residents could smoke from 18 to 21 and increased e-cigarette regulations, but advocates have estimated 4,300 children under the age of 18 become daily smokers each year, NY1 reported.