If you smoke cigarettes, you're going to pay more for them in New York State. Governor Kathy Hochul announced highlights from the state's 2024 FY Budget, which includes a tax increase on cigarettes. Initially, Gov. Hochul wanted to ban certain types of cigarettes in New York State but didn't, so I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

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New York State Increases Tax On Cigarettes

If you're a smoker, get ready to pay more for your smokes. Prior to the 2023=34 budget legislation passing, New York's cigarette tax was already among the highest in the nation,

Cigarettes and little cigars - $4.35 per pack and an additional $1.50 per pack in NYC

According to Tobacco Free Kids, this tax increase pushes New York State into the #1 spot of highest cigarette taxes in the United States. Previously, we were in second place, behind D.C., which levies a $4.50 tax on cigarettes.

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New York State Increases Cigarette Tax By $1

The revenue bill that passed as a part of the 2024 FY Budget includes a tax increase on all cigarettes sold in the state, with the exception of native cigarette sales,

Such tax on cigarettes shall be at the rate of five dollars and thirty-five cents for each twenty cigarettes or fraction thereof, provided, however, that if a package of cigarettes contains more than twenty cigarettes, the rate of tax on the cigarettes in such package in excess of twenty shall be one dollar and thirty-three and three-quarters cents for every five cigarettes or fraction thereof. Such tax is intended to be imposed upon only one sale of the same package of cigarettes.

It would seem that the legislation de-incentivizes buying cartons since the tax per each additional 5 cigarettes (above 20) is $1.35 and 3/4 cents.

Effective September 1, 2023, the New York State excise tax on cigarettes will increase by $1.00 per pack of 20 cigarettes. Also, effective September 1, 2023, the New York State excise tax on little cigars will increase by $1.00 per pack of 20 little cigars.

 

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