A big part of Governor Beverly Perdue's budget is her proposal to raise cigarette taxes by $1.00 per pack to $1.35 and a five-percent tax surcharge on alcohol.
So what do people think about the proposed tax hike?
Smoker Sam Douglas of New Bern says may cost him his habit. "With prices going up it will probably just cause me to quit altogether. I think it's a rip off. Times are tough, I've just been laid off from where I work. It's just a huge rip-off for people."
But not all feel like Douglas. Elizabeth Stott of New Bern just had a baby and believes stamping out the habit is a good direction for the future. "I think it's a nasty habit and it's not really good for you obviously, so do I think it's a good thing."