Twin Cities Tobacco Hike Proposed
Republican legislators want to double taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, which could burn a hole in smokers’ wallets.
The current tax for cigarettes is $1.23 a pack. However, the proposed increase would more than double that to $2.52 per pack.Rep. Mike Benson, R-Rochester, said he proposed the House version of the bill in order to reduce the number of teenage smokers.
According to the American Cancer Society, youth smoking rates drop by 6.5 percent for every 10 percent increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes.