Posted by: audreybenenati | January 20, 2010

New York proposes ‘health taxes’

ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Gov. David Paterson has proposed "health taxes" on cigarettes and soda to improve New Yorkers’ health and raise about $650 million.

As part of his $134 billion budget, the Democratic governor has proposed raising New York’s current cigarette tax of $2.75 to $3.75 per pack, which proponents predict will decrease cigarette use by 14 percent.

"Estimates by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids found an increase of this magnitude would be expected to prevent more than 100,000 children from becoming smokers and cause more than 50,000 adult smokers to quit," Paterson said in a statement.

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