Smokers Get Squeezed with Possible Tax, Mail Ban

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

It's tough being a smoker these days.

New York State is considering a $1 per pack tax increase to help balance the state budget.

The federal government has issued a ban on sending cigarettes through the mail.

Owners of convenience stores, like Sal Aronica, say it will hurt his business.

"It'll definitely hurt us. Whenever you add tax to a product and continue adding tax to the same product -- it hurts that product.," said the owner of Tubby's One Stop on Route 5 in Angola.

While taxes cigarettes could soon be more expensive, tax-free cigarettes are now a little harder to buy.

A federal ban on sending tobacco through the U.S. Postal Service means Native America tobacco retailers will lose a big chunk of their business.

"It feels like no matter what we do we're not going to be allowed to continue in this business," said Rodney Keyes, owner of Keye Supercenter on the Seneca Nation Territory in Irving.

"It's just about who gets to sell the cigarettes and make the money and right now they don't want us making the money," he said.