Local Stores Respond to Tobacco Tax Hike

A big hike in the federal tax on cigarettes may prompt one million smokers to quit.

Starting April 1, the tax on cigarettes and tobacco products will increase from 39 cents to a $1.01.

That means a pack of cigarettes will cost smokers approximately $6.

Aslam Abdullah, who owns Tobacco and More in Bryan and Tobacco Junction in College Station, said he's not too concerned about the change.

"It's going to slow down in the beginning, but people have to smoke, so either they'll smoke the same brand or they'll change their brand to a cheaper brand," Abdullah said.

Revenue from the tax increase will pay for expanding health coverage for low-income children.

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