New York Tobacco Tax: Drastically Unfair with Misleading Results

March 27, 2012

From the beginning of the Legislature’s crusade, experts, special interest groups, and media outlets have warned of the negative repercussions which emerge out of raising OTP and cigarette taxes to such high levels. Now, more than ever, it is time to hear the ignored voices of the small businesses which are being, or have been, crushed by a disregarding governmental hand.

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Video: Debate over Smoking Ban in New York City Parks

September 17, 2010

David Schwartz and Queens City Councilman Eric Ulrich debate Manhattan City Councilwoman Gale Brewer and the city’s Health Commissioner Doctor Thomas Farley over a proposed smoking ban in New York City parks.

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Smoking Ban on New York Beaches? Watch the Debate

August 13, 2010

David Schwartz, a lobbyist for the New York Tobacconists’ Association, debates Michael Seilback from the American Lung Association on whether the city should be allowed to ban smoking in public beaches and parks on Thursday’s edition of “Inside City Hall.”

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Cig-taxed NYers run for border – Paterson’s Tax Windfall Up In Smoke!

August 12, 2010

Tax-choked smokers are fleeing over the border and onto Indian reservations in search of discount cigarettes and sending Gov. Paterson’s anticipated tax windfall, well, up in smoke. Cigarette sales statewide have tumbled by nearly a third since New York’s highest-in-the-nation cig tax of $4.35 took effect on July 1, according to state tax data and sales reports released yesterday by retailers.

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New York Small Business Owners Speak Out Against 90% Tax

June 20, 2010

New York Tobacconists Association gathered to speak out against an increased state OTP tax that would put them out of business and would lose money for the state. Shot at De La Concha in Manhattan by the European Cigar Journal.

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Danger Lies In Tobacco Tax

June 16, 2010

Politicians expand tobacco taxes to discourage smoking and to feed their own nicotine-like addiction to public spending. Like so many others, this government action smolders with unintended consequences. Tobacco taxes create a perfect arbitrage opportunity that radical Muslims exploit to collect money for terrorist groups

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New York Gov Eyes Emergency Cigarette Tax

June 16, 2010

The New York Post reports this morning that Governor Paterson may include a $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes in his next round of emergency spending legislation.

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Senate Report: Why New York Fails to Collect Cigarette Taxes on Native American Reservations

June 12, 2010

New York State faces a $9 billion shortfall while failing to collect taxes on the billions of dollars worth of cigarettes sold by Native American reservations. Why? Headed by chairman Craig Johnson, the New York State Standing Committee on Investigations takes a close look at why we’re not collecting these taxes. Read the report, share […]

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