The governor raises additional tobacco taxes by $18 million…and yet he cuts the program that helps smokers to quit.
Albany, NY, Jan 18, 2012 — Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his budget plan, is increasing some taxes on tobacco, while cutting the state's smoking cessation program. Cuomo closes what he calls some tax loopholes for cigars and loose tobacco that will net $18 million in revenue for the state. At the same time, he's reducing New York's anti smoking campaign by $5 million. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.