When I was a kid, I remember when cigarettes went from 45 cents to 65 cents. People weren’t quite certain at the time that they were deadly.
Would you pay over 10 bucks for a pack?
It was an emergency budget balancing attempt in New York that legislatures hope will generate $440 million in revenue. New York state legislature approved a bill adding an additional state tax of $1.60 to every pack. The state tax to a total of $4.35 per pack.
New York City smokers pay an additional municipal tax of $1.50 per pack, making it $5.85 per pack in taxes. This makes the average price of cigarettes nearly $11 per pack.
Where’s the money going?
The $440 million in revenue will benefit health care programs, AIDS drugs subsidies, tobacco cessation programs and $71.6 million will go to the state cancer research center in Buffalo.
If you smoke a pack a day in NYC, you will be paying about $77 a week, $308 a month, and $3696 a year!
You coulda had this
Talking about Stickies (I am)
Here are some tips on beating the heat..
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Body temperature usually normal or only slightly elevated.
- Dry mouth.
- Fatigue, weakness.
- Nausea, sometimes vomiting.
- Weak and rapid pulse.
- Cool, clammy, pale skin.
NOTE: Symptoms take time to develop – sometimes several hours after dehydration occurs.
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Very high body temperature (103 degrees or higher).
- Hot, dry, red skin.
- No sweating.
- Disorientation, hallucinations, delirium
- Rapid breathing and fast pulse, then slow breathing and weak pulse.
- Loss of consciousness.
- NOTE: Symptoms can come on quickly.
- Heat stroke can occur within 10 – 15 minutes of the first symptoms. If treatment is not given immediately, permanent damage can occur to internal organs.
HEAT STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. CALL 9-1-1 OR TRANSPORT VICTIM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY.