Cigarette Tax Rising

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The price of cigarettes continues to rise, and starting April 1st, smokers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets before lighting up.

The federal tax is set to go up 62 cents more per pack.

It's all part of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act to help more children receive health insurance.

However, some say raising the tax on tobacco products isn't the best way to accomplish that.

"The drop is just going to be so significant, it's not gonna happen. It's not gonna pay for child health care, because people have to quit. No one can afford it," Diana Heiss, with Smoker Friendly in Williamstown, said.

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