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    Governor Patterson's proposed 18% tax on soda was widely unpopular.

    Also, there's is was a loophole in the New York cigarette tax & several ways around it. The tax wasn't collected on Indian reservations (although, New York has been in court trying to force the reservations to collect it). Also, the five families & other organized crime outfits took advantage of the situation to traffic cigarettes.

    And you could always drive or take the train to Connecticut to stock up.

    From the Gothamist:

    We all know that cigarettes are very expensive in New York, thanks to another $1.60 state tax imposed last year, which prompts some smokers to head to cheaper pastures. One gas station on the border of New York and Connecticut has now taken an ingenious approach: Put an ice cream truck selling smokes on the Connecticut part of its property.

    The Port Chester, NY Sunoco station has its pumps in Greenwich, CT. And though the cigarette tax is $3 in Connecticut, the 4th highest in the country, it's easier to stomach than NY'c $4.35 cigarette tax. A Stamford resident knowingly told NBC Connecticut, "In Connecticut they're greatly cheaper than in New York. In New York, it's like $11.50 in the city for a pack of cigarettes. That's kind of ridiculous."

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