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Pennsylvania cigarette tax rises today

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2016 1:26 AM
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(Carlisle) -- Pennsylvania's cigarette tax is going up by a buck per pack, giving smokers one more reason to quit or cross the border to buy.

The tax will be $2.60 starting Monday, from $1.60 now.

It's the largest-single increase on the state's smokers since Pennsylvania first imposed a cigarette excise tax in 1935.

For Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature, it was a step toward addressing a long-term deficit.

Pack-a-day smoker Brent Johnson of suburban Harrisburg says he won't change his habit.

But he feels it isn't right for policymakers to target smokers when they have other options to balance the budget.

Dawn Alonzo of Carlisle has smoked for 20 years.

She's trying to quit and she says the higher tax is one more reason now to keep trying.
 

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