(Access to Coverage of Tobacco Treatment In Our Nation)
Shaping Policies | Improving Health
May 29, 2012 When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently contributed $500,000 to support a California ballot initiative to raise that state’s cigarette tax to fund cancer research, West Coasters learned what we have seen throughout his tenure leading the nation’s largest city—his commitment to fighting Big Tobacco. Currently, California has one of the lowest state cigarette tax rates nationwide, just $.87 cents per pack. Proposition 29 will increase this tax by $1. Higher prices are part of a multi-pronged strategy of tobacco control programs that in New York has seen smoking rates plummet by more than a third in the last 10 years, with even greater declines among teenagers. In New York City, a pack of cigarettes costs $11.90, which includes the highlest State cigarette tax of $4.35 per pack and New York City’s $1.50 per pack, putting the grand total at $5.85 per pack.
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