Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his budget plan, is increasing some taxes on tobacco, while cutting the state’s smoking cessation program.
Cuomo closes what he calls some tax “loopholes” for cigars and loose tobacco that will net $18 million dollars in revenue for the state. At the same time, he’s reducing New York’s anti smoking campaign by $5 million dollars, proposals that the American Cancer Society’s Blair Horner calls a “double whammy”.
“It’s indefensible,” said Horner.
Horner says the smoking cessation program has already been cut in half in the past three years.
Overall, the governor is raising health care spending by 4% in his spending plan, a significant chunk of that money goes to fund growing enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program, the result of a continued weak economy.