Low-Income Smokers See 23 Percent of Their Income Go Up in Smoke

Low-income smokers in New York, the state with the nation's highest cigarette tax ($4.35 per pack), spent nearly a quarter — 23.6 percent — of their household income on cigarettes in 2010-2011, according to researchers at RTI International, a not-for-profit research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.