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The governor raises additional tobacco taxes by $18 million…and yet he cuts the program that helps smokers to quit.

Cuomo budget would raise taxes on tobacco, cut smoking cessation program

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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.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The American Cancer Society’s Blair Horner calls that a "double whammy."

"It's indefensible," said Horner.  

Horner says the smoking cessation program has already been cut in half in the past three years.

Overall, the governor is raising health care spending by 4% in his spending plan, a significant chunk of that money goes to fund growing enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program, the result of a continued weak economy.

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