News Junkie: Advocate says Connecticut’s approach to tobacco tax is too timid

HARTFORD, Conn. — Those who wage war against tobacco companies are praising New York City for its decision this week to hike the price of a pack of cigarettes to a minimum of $13 and wish Connecticut would consider following the lead of its neighbor.

“They did it right in New York,” Bryte Johnson, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Connecticut, said Tuesday.
Not only is the cost of cigarettes skyrocketing but the number of places you can buy them is going down under legislation.

The new minimum price law, which takes effect on June 1, will make New York the most expensive place in the U.S. to buy cigarettes, Health Department officials said.

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