1652211.jpgWith gas prices up, a slowing economy, and already insane housing costs, caner stick stokers in NY are about to get further burned by paying the highest cigarette tax in the nation: “Smokers will be paying $2.75 per pack in state taxes, a jump from the previous tax of $1.50. Before the new tax, the average price of a pack of cigarettes was $5.82 statewide, and about $8 a pack in New York City, which levies its own taxes.” Basically it means that nicotine junkies will be forced to be paying over $10 a pack, or the more likely $5-6 on the street. |AP|