MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A big jump in the state’s cigarette tax is still more than two weeks away, but it’s already having a huge impact on smokers. They’re stocking up and changing their habits.
During the noontime rush inside Super Smokedale Tobacco in Oakdale, folks like Bill Gardner are hoarding cartons upon cartons of cigarettes – buying a dozen or more cartons at a time.
But stocking up on a product priced at over $52 per carton isn’t cheap. On just this one visit, Bill will fork over $683.60 to the store cashier.
Gardner and other customers are buying enough cigarettes to last them months.
The simple explanation is starting July 1, the Minnesota cigarette tax will jump by $1.60 per pack. More here:
This is awesome. Because, as well all know by now, governments always need more money. It's never enough. And nobody will squeal if they're taxing the witches ... because, witches DESERVE to be taxed.
They always need more to pass around to their buddies/donors.