The TU blog Capitol Confidential reports that Cigarette taxes are going up. Again. The tax increase brings the total tax to $4.75 and will put the cost of a pack of cigarettes Upstate north of $10. New York City residents will now have to withdraw their children from college to keep smoking.
Myself, I quit smoking August 20th, 2008. There’s a story there, but that’s for another time.
Let’s just say health-wise, I definitely made the right decision. I’m also reminded through simple math that I made the right decision financially as well.
At the time I quit smoking, a tax increase was going into effect that was going to bring the price of cigarettes to nearly $8 a pack. Several increases have occurred since then as well.
At the time I quit, I was smoking anywhere from 1.5 to 2 packs a day.
That means in less than two years, I have saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $9,000.
Just some food for thought. I smoked like a fiend for nearly ten years. If I can quit, so can you.
So put out those cigarettes, New York. I know, it’s easier said than done. But it’s still easier than living on a dime, facing the long-term consequences, and the self-loathing that comes each time you light up.
I used the patch to quit, starting at the strongest level and gradually moving my way down as prescribed. You can get your first installment free (as well as other help and resources) at the New York Smokers’ Quitline website.
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