High Cigarette Prices in New York Mostly Just Hurt the Poor

Despite New York imposing the highest cigarette tax in the nation, there was no noticeable decline in smoking among the state’s poorest citizens between 2003 and 2010, according to a new study with no silver lining. People making less than $30,000 a year spend 23.6 percent of their income on cigarettes, almost ten points higher than the national average, while those earning more than $60,000 spend an average of just 2.2 percent of their income on the same expensive packs.

High N.Y. Cigarette Prices Mostly Hurt the Poor