by: angela garrity
The Buffalo News reports that New York’s tobacco tax policy is putting research in jeopardy at several state facilities and medical schools. The scientific studies on cigarettes, cigars and other products are at risk because Governor Cuomo wants them taxed and regulated by ineffective means, scientists say.
Researchers are demanding Cuomo sign a bill to reverse the state tax department’s decision that threatens ongoing research projects as well as access to tens of millions of dollars in federal grant awards.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the facilities caught in the midst. The amenity has received more than $12 million in grants and other awards in the past 15 months to conduct tobacco-related research, according to Laura Krolczyk, Roswell’s vice president of external affairs.
A state Tax Department spokesman declined to comment.
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