In an effort to close the budget deficit a pack of cancer sticks will now cost an average of $11 a pack in New York City.

Yeah, I know, smoking is bad for you, causes cancer (hence the term cancer stick) and is no longer socially acceptable. However, $11 a pack is just insane. Granted I am a smoker but should it really cost me that much to kill myself?

You have to love the New York City way. Tax people to death; increase the cost of service while cutting back on service. Granted there will be people who quit due to cost but there will also be many who will continue to smoke while bitching and moaning about the cost. Those people will continue to “cough up the money.”

I wonder if the geniuses in Albany took into consideration approximately how many people would quit smoking due to the increase and what that would mean to the tax revenue?