This is what's called a classic money grab. New York states' cigarette tax will now be the highest in the country. On July 1st, it will go from $1.60/pack to $4.35/pack. The question becomes how much will people pay for the right to kill themselves? The leaders of the state know nicotine is an addictive drug. They know smokers will pay whatever they have to to get their smokes.
A friend of mine tells me people on corners constantly leave their posts and approach his window to ask him for a cigarette. I talked to someone else today who said she is constantly approached for spare cigarettes downtown. When smoking becomes affordable only for the rich, New York state will lower the taxes on it again.