July 21, 2016 |
The budget-balancing $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase that takes effect Aug. 1 will make Pennsylvania's $2.60 levy the 10th-highest in the nation. New Jersey's $2.70 per pack is ninth. In Philadelphia, the tax will be $4.60 per pack, which includes a $2 surcharge added two years ago to help close a looming School District deficit. The combined state and local tax will make Philadelphia's the third highest among the nation's big cities, after Chicago's $6.16 per pack and New York's $5.85.
November 11, 2015
IT WAS PAINFUL, but it was time for a divorce. We had been together for decades, blissfully happy, devoted, sharing and caring. She supported me through dark periods, reduced my stress, helped me celebrate unlikely victories and commiserate after painful failures. She was always with me. Just before midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 9, I had my last cigarette. I divorced nicotine from my life. Well, not nicotine , as I am still on the patch. I will not vape nor suck on plastic cigarettes or straws because I've got to break the oral link.
July 1, 2015 |
Smoking rates in Philadelphia have dropped to all-time lows, reflecting the effects of a comprehensive tobacco-control campaign, city health officials said Monday. Seven years ago, when rates began steadily falling, 27.3 percent of adults smoked; now, 22.4 percent do. During this period, youth smoking fell from 10.7 to 7.5 percent. Smoking decreased among all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, according to the data, from a regional survey by the nonprofit Public Health Management Corp.
June 27, 2013 |
Born out of crisis and largely overshadowed by its revenue-raising potential for the schools, the proposed $2-per-pack cigarette tax would be among the biggest boons to the health of Philadelphians in decades. Years of research show that a price increase of this magnitude would translate to about a 13 percent reduction in adult smoking rates, probably more for youths. Those who continue to smoke would do so less. Hospitalizations would decline, as would health costs, much of which is paid by the public because so many city residents are uninsured or have government coverage.
May 19, 2012 |
Fewer American teenagers and young adults are lighting up as cigarette taxes that have broken the $3-a-pack threshold in some states make smoking too costly, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Daily smoking, the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, fell to 15.8 percent in 2010 among young adults 18 to 25, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said in a report. That share was down from 20.4 percent in 2004.
December 24, 2010 |
Mayor Nutter talked about one of his Christmas wishes yesterday - reducing smoking rates in Philadelphia. Just in time for the holiday weekend, Nutter signed into law legislation that hikes the fines for merchants who sell tobacco products to minors. "We cannot allow our children to become the next generation of addicts," Nutter said. "Smoking is not cool at all. " The new law, approved by City Council several weeks ago, would raise the penalty for selling tobacco to minors from $100 to $250 per incident.
December 3, 2010 |
Backing a Nutter administration effort to reduce youth smoking, City Council yesterday passed legislation that hikes the fines for merchants who sell tobacco products to minors. The bill would raise the penalty from $100 to $250 per incident. Councilwoman Marian Tasco said she hoped that the move would be meaningful. "If Licenses & Inspections enforces it, it should have some impact," Tasco said. During hearings on the legislation several weeks ago, city Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz testified that a national survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that smoking rates among high-school youth in Philadelphia rank among the highest in the nation's big cities.
June 14, 2001 |
ALL OF US have an obligation to do all we can to ensure that kids don't smoke. Smoking is a risky adult behavior, and for reasons of addiction and health, it is particularly risky for underage youth. Without question, it is up to parents, the government, our schools, retail merchants and the tobacco industry to pursue policies and programs restricting youth access to tobacco products. While all of us share a responsibility, parents have a special responsibility to educate and talk to their kids about the risks and dangers associated with tobacco use. Pennsylvania is also taking a hands-on approach as an active participant, especially in the areas of enforcing laws that will impose fines and sanctions against retailers who sell tobacco products to minors.
July 5, 1999 |
Young smokers, don't even try to plug 16 quarters into the cigarette machine at the Indian Chief Tavern on Route 70. It may look like an ordinary cigarette vending machine, the kind that does not require proof of age. But it is certifiably not. For there, next to a 46-stool bar, stands the latest in tobacco security: a remote-controlled dispenser that does not take money. The $4 for a pack goes to the cashier, who, after an opportunity to check ID, hits the remote control.
March 1, 1999 |
"I buy my cigarettes every morning on the way to school," said Maria, 16, smiling and looking smart in a turtleneck sweater. "If you have your heart set on it, it's easy. " In fact, it was so easy, said Maria, who attends a private school in Lower Merion, that she no longer has to resort to using that fake ID she got in Chinatown. She said tobacco merchants rarely ask her for identification. Other teens said the same thing. "I can get cigarettes any time, anywhere," said Mike, 17, a senior at Lamberton High School in Overbrook Park who sports a ponytail and a ring in his eyebrow.