As Ryan reported this weekend,NYC Smokers Seek Help To Quit After Pack Hits $10.
Now for the rest of the story. Not only are these repressive taxes not only not working they are aiding our terrorist enemy’s according to channel 4 WNBC New York
A new congressional report obtained by News 4 New York paints a disturbing picture of New Yorkers unwittingly supplying millions of dollars to terrorist organizations.The money pipeline begins with the sale of bootleg cigarettes.The report from the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security will be released Tuesday. In it are allegations that cigarettes that begin at Indian reservations in New York end up generating millions of dollars for Hamas and Hezbollah unbeknown to smokers just looking for a bargain.
This is further proof that repressive taxes do not work.
According to Patrick Fleenor, author of “Cigarette Taxes, Black Markets, and Crime: Lessons from New York’s 50-Year Losing Battle,” efforts to suppress behaviors through excessively punitive taxation always yield such unanticipated yet predictable results. “Since the first state cigarette taxes were imposed in the 1920s, black markets and related criminal activity have plagued high-tax jurisdictions. Such activity has proven to be resistant to law enforcement curtailment efforts,” wrote Fleenor. “The negative side effects of high cigarette taxes in New York provide a cautionary tale that high tax rates have serious consequences — even for such a politically unpopular product as cigarettes.”