They're at it again.
No better than armed robbers.
Connecticut consumers already pay the 3rd highest in the nation - but frankly this has nothing to do with smoking.
Consider this: 76% of all convenience store purchases include some tobacco product.
Over 75% of all the cigarettes sold in the country are sold by small retailers employing under 12 people total.
We lose over 27.00 in Connecticut revenue for every carton brought in illegally.
Over 30% of the cigarettes consumed in CT were not purchased here NOW!
Another tax increase will only hurt our retailers and our state budget even more.
Connecticut receives over 4.00 per-carton from the Master Settlement.
As bootleg (out of state) cigarette sales increase we cost ourselves both that plus the sales tax of over 3.00 per carton; not to mention the 20.00 CT cigarette tax.