Several years back they were debating raising cigarette tax on Utah Capital Hill. The elected officials who were for the tax hike said it would discourage smoking and if less people smoked, less people would die from it. Well one legislator brought up the point that if smoking is so unhealthy, why don't we just make it illegal? The legislators for the tax fought the banning of cigarettes tooth and nail. When really all it was ever about was getting more taxes, not trying to help people live healthier lives. I am afraid that is all this new tax in NY is about. They just want more money. A bunch of blood suckers, that's all they are.