Dear Fellow New Yorkers,

As concerned tax-payers ourselves, we at New York Up In Smoke have four very important questions for you:

  • Would you mind losing 2 billion New York state tax-dollars every year in exchange for cheap, unregulated cigarettes?
  • Would you also look the other way,  while lawfully due taxes go unpaid, and would you mind if those cigarettes were sold freely to minors?
  • Would you prefer 4-dollar per pack cigarettes to 2-billion dollars for our cash-strapped hospitals, law enforcement, libraries and schools?
  • Would it be okay with you if this illegal, black market  were used to further criminal enterprise and even terrorism?

If not… Read On and Find Out How You Can Help…


SHAME: $2.5 Billion in Cigarette Taxes is Lost Each Year to Corruption

November 10, 2015

New York State & City have the highest cigarette taxes in the country, but our Tax Department collects far less of what is due than any other state: WHY? There are 9,300 licensed retailers in NYC and most are selling untaxed contraband in violation of law unencumbered by any tax enforcement from Albany. Under past [...]

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Criminals & Terrorists supplant licensed Firms and Jobs, as $2.5 billion in tax is lost each year

April 29, 2015

The interdiction of 2500 cartons of contraband is laudable. But let’s be realistic. Governmental and Industry studies conclude that more than 30 million cartons of untaxed cigarettes enter New York each year.

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May 18, 2014

David Schwartz, Esq. appears on WFAN radio with Bob Salter on sports radio 660 AM (101.9FM), educating New Yorkers that the people of this state are losing over 2 Billion Dollars due to untaxed, illegal, and bootlegged cigarettes flooding the market. Cigarettes are the hottest commodity used by criminal enterprises in order to raise Billions for their criminal activities.

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NYAGS: Sales Taxes and Cigarettes

May 8, 2014

Lately, there has been some attention on the city and state’s loss of sales tax revenue because of the use of a cash register called a zapper. Apparently, these zapper devices make the sale disappear, eliminating all traces of a tax being owed. Well, we know what really makes the sale disappear when it comes to cigarettes-and the buttlegging of non-taxed smokes zaps New York’s small stores as well as the municipal treasury.

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Senate Passes Pro-Enforcement Tobacco Tax Bill

June 29, 2013

Increases the presumed “cost of the agent” for purposes of cigarette marketing; establishes the cigarette tax enforcement fund

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Video: NY State Senator Marty Golden on NYC Tobacco Tax

May 24, 2013

Video: NY State Senator Marty Golden on NYC Tobacco Tax

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NY Post: Weak tax laws give NYC potheads a high

January 29, 2013

Potheads are also lighting up cigar sales because their cigar “joints” don’t give off that pungent, sickly sweet smell that makes the people around them snicker, roll their eyes and maybe call the cops.

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Jackson Heights Man Charged With Cigarette Tax Fraud

October 11, 2012

Investigators at the city Department of Finance and the state Department of Taxation and Finance last month charged a 54-year-old Jackson Heights man with possessing thousands of untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit tax stamps.

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