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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

You Pay HOW MUCH for Your Habit?

This week, New York state raised their cigarette tax to the highest in the nation.

They basically tacked an additional $1.25 per pack onto the price.

New York City added an additional tax as well, so cigarettes in NYC will cost an extra $1.50 compared to yesterday.

I'm speechless. Some New Yorkers will be paying more than $10 per pack!!!

There are still smokers in New York? How do they afford it?

Let's say they smoke a pack-per-day -- that seems to be an average. We'll use round numbers to keep it easy. So $10 per pack --> $280-310 per month --> $3360-3720 per year!

Hm...let's see what else costs ~$3500 per year:

A year of in-state tuition at Fayetteville State University: $3245/year

(Appalachian State University ~$2200/year, NCSU ~$5000 year)

Hey wait, we're talking about New Yorkers:

A year of in-state tuition at City College of New York: $4000/year!

This guy paid $3500 to have the exterior of his house painted. (We paid less than that, by the way, this guy was taken for a ride).

How about New Yorkers who also drive...look what they're paying for regular gas!

My father-in-law is a smoking New Yorker who drives a small SUV. The gas prices and cigarettes alone probably suck an extra $200 per month out of his budget than even 3 years ago.

In conclusion, if a New York smoker were to put aside that $10 per day for his/her pack of cigarettes look at what he/she could purchase or achieve!!!!

Many of you know that I've run a similar numbers game with driving our Prius vs. our Odyssey. I just looked at that blog post and saw how gas was $3.29 per gallon on March 11th. Prices are now 20% higher so you can tack 20% onto all the numbers I'd run there.


PS: Wanna see how much YOUR state taxes cigarettes? Looks like South Carolina's the place to go. For gas, too.

PPS: Hey South Carolina -- if you aren't taxing gasoline or cigarettes, how ARE you getting your money???



At Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:21:00 PM CDT , Blogger Don Miller said...

You're right! Think what they could do with the money they don't burn up.

Maybe you can help me with a math problem I wondered about for years. I switched to unsweetened tea/sweet-n-low 25 years ago. If I used 2 teaspoons in each of the 4 glasses of tea I drink switching saved 128 calories per day. How much do I weigh now?

At Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 7:20:00 AM CDT , Blogger Mandakini/Margaret said...

One of my biggest, most humongo gripes involves seeing destitute, welfare mamas that smoke!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!My husband thinks I'm crazy for getting all worked up over it, but just thinking about how much it costs to keep up the ciggie habit is so frustrating. Those poor kids eat crap food and koolaid all day while mom smokes $5-15 worth of cigarettes everyday :0*(

At Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 11:25:00 AM CDT , Blogger Christina said...

Thank goodness I'm not a smoker... we couldn't afford it!

At Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:04:00 PM CDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank god i don't smoke.. that's all i'd need. as for my folks unfortunately, they actually roll their own smokes.

but as for ga prices, i just noticed something shocking, at least to me. regular gas is ~ 3.80/gal up here. but guess what smokes and diesel are?

as posted on the signs on minimarts up here, marlboros are 4.20/pack. diesel gas is ~4.70/gal. just think about the truckers that smoke. damn, they are getting killed 6 ways from sunday. and cutting smoking won't even save them 1 gallon's worth of fuel.


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