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Editorial: Snuff out cigarette ban in Albany

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When CVS, the national drugstore chain, voluntarily stopped selling tobacco products earlier this year, we praised the move, expressing the hope that others in the industry would follow suit. It hasn’t happened yet, so Albany County’s Legislature upped the ante this week, passing a first-in-NewYork law that would compel pharmacies or any stores with pharmacy operations inside them to stop selling tobacco. Whether County Executive Dan McCoy will sign the law is unclear - he ...

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August 14, 2014
9:26 a.m.

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As much as no one wants to hear this - there is a high tax revenue from tobacco sales and until we replace that revenue, something other than the taxpayer, we should be careful. People still have the right to travel and purchase.

August 14, 2014
10:59 a.m.

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The purpose of the high tax on tobacco was to get people to stop smoking - at least that's what we were told. In reality, it's all about revenue, as the letter above explains. It would be refreshing if our legislators would just say it, rather than the line that the law is for our own good. It's a money grab, nothing more.

August 14, 2014
3:27 p.m.

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19 million people in this state. If 20% smoke, that's an average of 3.8 million packs a day.Taxed at $4.35 per pack is 16.53 million dollars a day. Where's the money?