More than 30M cartons sold on New York reservations
More than 30 million cartons of cigarettes were sold on reservation in New York last year, representing nearly one-third of all cigarettes sold in the state.

The bulk of wholesale shipments went to smokeshops on the Seneca Nation and the Unkechaug Indian Nation, a state recognized tribe. Both tribes say they have a right to sell cigarettes without state interference.

Competitors want the state to collect sales taxes on cigarettes sold to non-Indians. They say the state is losing out on a $1 billion in tax revenues a year.

New York has the highest tax rate on cigarettes in the nation. A pack that goes for $9 off the reservation can go for around $5 on a reservation.

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