Cigarette Sales Down, Revenue Up

By: Julie Tew
By: Julie Tew

We aren't buying more cigarettes, but cigarettes are still producing more money than ever. How's that, you ask? Taxes. The Associated Press reports numbers from the state Division of Public Health and the Department of Revenue show cigarette sales dropped by 18 and a half percent as tax revenue increased in the first full year since the tax went up from a nickel to 30 cents in September 2005. The increase in revenue rang up at about 157 million dollars. Experts say since the health push hasn't stopped folks from lighting up, perhaps hitting smokers' wallets will help them snuff out the habit.

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