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Q: Price of Ciggies ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Price of Ciggies
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: steph53-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 05 Sep 2004 10:09 PDT
Expires: 05 Oct 2004 10:09 PDT
Question ID: 397163
Hi GA Community,

I will be taking a trip to Lake Placid, NY in two weeks. I've heard
that the price of cigarettes has skyrocketed in NY state. Is this

Can someone give me a ballpark price of a pack or carton of cigarettes in NY state?

Thanks a bunch:)

Subject: Re: Price of Ciggies
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 05 Sep 2004 10:53 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello steph53,

Thank you for your question.

Wow. I was amazed at the pricing I found!

This pdf file from 2002 shows the following:

Retail sales New York State: $47.61 ($4.77 per pack)

New York City  $64.28  ($6.43 per pack)

The American Cancer Society shows:

" NYC Mayor Signs Law Upping Cost Of Cigarettes 
Price Intended To Discourage Habit 
Article date: 2002/08/20  
According to news reports, the number of cigarettes sold in New York
City has dropped by almost half since the city upped the tax on a pack
of cigarettes from $.20 to $1.50 July 1. Some brands now cost up to
$7.50 per pack.

New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey followed suit, signing a $.70
tobacco tax increase into law on July 1. New York State and New Jersey
now have the highest tax in the country, at $1.50 per cigarette

A New York Daily News article form May 2004 on bootlegging cigarettes shows:

"...One salesman, who refused to give his name, said he sells about
five cartons a day, making between $100 and $150 profit. It's easy to
find buyers at $5 a pack with smokers facing a typical $7.50 store
price that includes city and state taxes of $3 per pack..."

And a report on August 1, 2004 shows New York State averages as:

New York State

Factory price $2.12 
Fed Tax $0.39 
Distributor Markup $1.53 
State Tax $1.50 
Sales Tax $0.24 
Total Pack price $5.78

Search Strategy:

cigarettes +"new york" +cost OR price
cigarettes +"new york" +cost OR price +2004

I trust my research has provided you with the answer you seek. If a
link above should fail to work or anything require further explanation
or research, please do post a Request for Clarification prior to
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steph53-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks Clouseau...

Great answer.
Not what I wished to hear but I guess what I'd suspected really is true.

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