New State Tax Increases Price Of Cigarettes


THIS IS KDKA NEWS AT 5:00. THE PRICE OF SMOKING JUST WENT UP. THE NEW STATE ATTACKS OF SILING LETS HAS GONE UP. SOME ARE FUMING. THEY SAY THEY FEEL TARGETED. OTHERS SAY THE EXPENSE MAY BE ENOUGH TO MAKE A CHANGE. JOHN IS LIVE WITH MORE. JOHN? YEAH, AND THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST PHASE OF A MULTIPHASE INCREASE ON THIS TYPE PRODUCT. BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER TO THE FOLKS WHO SMOKE CIGARETTES EVERY DAY. ALL THEY KNOW IS THEY ARE GETTING THE SHAFT. EXILE TO THE SIDEWALKS AND ALCOVES IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER AND THE DEAD OF WINTER. SMOKERS FEEL LIKE THEY ARE TARGETED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS MORE MONEY. SO I GUESS KIND OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE TABOO IN SOCIETY. THEY FEEL LIKE THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THEY CAN GO AFTER AND GET AWAY WITH IT. SO UP JUMP THE PRICES FOR A PACK OF CIGARETTES TODAY AND NOT A SMALL JUMP. AND MARB — MARLBOROS NOW ARE $7.62 A PACK. YESTERDAY FOR $6.40 A PACK. A$1.20 MORE. IF YOU WANT A CARTON, PLAN TO MORTGAGE. $76.20 FOR A CARTON OF MARL BODILY INJURIES. THAT IS ABOUT A $12 INCREASE PER CARTON. I THINK IT’S INSANE. AND HERE IS WHY SMOKERS FEEL THAT WAY. ON THE AVERAGE CARTON OF CIGARETTES, THEY ARE NOW PAYING $10 IN FEDERAL TAX, $26 IN THE STATE EXCISE TAX. THE MASTER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IS ANOTHER 5 BUCKS AND SALES TAX ON TOP OF THAT IS ABOUT $5 SO THE TOTAL IS $46 IN TAXES PER CARTON. THE NEW INCREASE HAS PEOPLE THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. IT’S DEFINITELY ENOUGH TO MAYBE CONSIDER QUITTING SMOKING. I’M JUST NOT GOING TO SMOKE ANYMORE. ARE YOU GOING TO QUIT? I AM. IT COSTS TOO MUCH MONEY. YEAH, AND I MENTIONED THAT THIS IS A MULTI-PHASE. THE NEXT SHOE WILL DROP, IF DO YOU WILL, AND THE OTHER 2 PHASES WILL HAPPEN ON OCTOBER 1s. THAT IS WHEN A TAX WILL KICK IN ON SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS LIKE CHEW AND ROLL YOUR OWN TOBACCO AND PIPE TOBACCO. THAT WILL BE AT A RATE OF 55 CENTS PER OUNCE. AND IF YOU GOT RID OF THE CIGARETTES AND WENT TO VAPE AND THOUGHT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THIS, SORRY, OCTOBER 1s AS WELL VAPE PRODUCTS ARE GOING TO BE TAXED AT A RATE