As the FDA gets set to roll out new borderline-horrific anti-smoking ads on every pack of cigarettes that’s sold in the country, a shopping strip at the top of Pennsylvania has become a cigarette buyer’s bonanza for New York residents, because of radically different state tax rates on tobacco.
Pennsylvania charges just $1.60, per pack while New York collects $4.35 each.
The Pocono Record reports that shopping strip has grown to eight tobacco shops with two more on the way, and profits in the region are high.
WHYY’s Meggan Kole reported today the FDA wants to collect input on the effect of the new graphic images on the packages, which is in a trial phase now. Seems like this cigarette wonderland might be the place to ask those questions.
What do you think? Will new scarier ads on smoke packs make a difference?