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11/26/08 - Smoke shops eyed for county taxes


A Suffolk County legislator last week announced that he has introduced a bill calling for Suffolk to take legal action to stop smoke shops at the Poospatuck Reservation in Mastic from selling tax-free to non-tribe members.

Legislator Lou D’Amaro of Huntington at a press conference Thursday said that such sales are “not fair to retailers off the reservation” and complained that the sale of cigarettes at a cheaper price encourages more smoking and increases related health problems.