NYC Is The Cigarette Smuggling Capital Of The US


New York City “is the highest net importer of smuggled cigarettes, totaling 56.8 percent of total cigarette consumption in the state,” according to a recent report.

The report said that “smuggling in New York has risen sharply since 2006 (59 percent) as has the tax rate (190 percent).” New York state has a state tax of $4.35 per pack, and the city adds on another $1.50.

It concluded that New York has “the worst smuggling problem in America,” said Scott Drenkard, director of state projects with the Tax Foundation, costing the city an estimated $740 million in 2015 — and the state about $895 million on top of that. Drenkard blamed the black market’s success on “the highest cigarette taxes in the nation.” Read more at NEW YORK POST.




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