Cigarette Tax Spikes Monday

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1776 Defender

Ankeny, IA

#1 Jun 29, 2013
Smokers should prepare for some sticker shock on Monday.

Minnesota's cigarette tax will more than double, from $1.23 to $2.83.

The increase will likely push many smokers to finally kick the habit, according to public health officials. They say it’s a good thing for people’s health.

However, retailers who sell cigarettes say they'll take a big hit when it comes to revenue.

Store owner Paul Graffunder said,“People come in to buy the cigarettes and then we get the ancillary sales off of that. Or just people coming in to the store, saying hi, on a daily basis, weekly basis, something like that. Those people, that's what I’m afraid we're going to lose.”

The new tax is projected to bring the state more than $400 million every two years.

That could be much lower if a lot of smokers quit or buy cheaper cigarettes in bordering states.

The tax is part of new laws that go into effect July 1.

http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3083233.shtml

“GiveMe Liberty or GiveMe Death”

Since: Jun 13

Land of Liberty

#2 Jun 29, 2013
Yeah I think they're going to make less than that 400 million
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#3 Jun 29, 2013
Taxes need to be paid, why do you deny reality, but drive on public roads ?

“GiveMe Liberty or GiveMe Death”

Since: Jun 13

Land of Liberty

#4 Jun 29, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Taxes need to be paid, why do you deny reality, but drive on public roads ?
the irrelevance of this comment brought the conversation to a standstill, before it ever ignited
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#5 Jun 29, 2013
Do you need an explanation of what taxes pay for or is an ACTUAL answer.... beyond your childish moniker's ability ???

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