Study: 60 percent of cigarettes sold in NY are illegal

A new study from the Mackinac Center revealed that more than 60 percent of cigarettes sold in New York are sold illegally. Cigarettes are currently

The New York City Health Department says higher taxes are the most effective way to decrease tobacco use.

The New York City Health Department says higher taxes are the most effective way to decrease tobacco use. (1/12/13)

THE BRONX - A new study from the Mackinac Center revealed that more than 60 percent of cigarettes sold in New York are sold illegally.

Cigarettes are currently around $12 a pack in New York, so some residents will drive to states like Virginia to buy them at $6 a pack.

The reason for the vast difference in cigarette prices is due to taxes.  In Virginia, cigarette taxes are only 30 cents, compared to a whopping $6 in New York. 

The New York City Health Department says higher taxes are the most effective way to decrease tobacco use, particularly among children.

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