State snuffs out illegal cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State is snuffing out illegal cigarettes.

According to the governor’s office, authorities have confiscated more than two million cigarettes as part of the Cigarette Strike Force. They have also uncovered 254,873 cigars, 2,061 pounds of loose tobacco and 24,773 counterfeit cigarette tax stamps.

This adds up to nearly $1.7 million in cash and contraband, including 2.7 million cigarettes and cigars in the first six months.

The governor signed a law a year ago authorizing the Tax Department to impose a penalty of up to $600 for each carton of unstamped or unlawfully stamped cigarettes seized, an increase from $150 per carton. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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