So, just as many predicted during the debate of 2010, the tax hike has pretty much cancelled itself out. This presents anti-smoking advocates with a Catch-22. In the absence of funding from other areas of government (read: not going to happen), taxes aren’t the path to funding these needed programs.
The tax was successful — people quit. But we would think smoking cessation groups would prefer to instill smokers with the soundness of their message and help them quit on their own terms, not force people with laws and levies.
If New York’s any indicator, leading with a stick does not provide one with a carrot down the road.