Brazos Valley Smokers Prepare For Big Tax Hike

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

The old phrase "Smoke 'em if you got 'em," might be a thing of the past, because the cost of cigarettes is on the rise.

On Wednesday, the tax on a pack of cigarettes will increase from 39 cents to just over a dollar. Cigars from four cents to 40. But the biggest increase will be loose tobacco. It will go from just over a dollar per pound to $24.00 a pound. That means a $10 bag of tobacco will now cost over $35.

"I've quit I don't know how many times but I'm going to keep quiting till I get it right." said Deborah Wilson of Bryan.

She has been rolling her own for 20 years and plans on quitting after this final purchase.

"i'm just done. I'm just done," laughed Wilson.

But when it comes to cigarettes, most companies have already raised their prices to prepare for the new taxes.

"A couple of weeks ago they went up as much as they would with the new taxes," said Aslam Abdullah, the owner of Tobacco and More in Bryan. Abdullah is worried that his store could see tough times ahead with the new increase.

"Because the majority of our sales are in tobacco and it is being targeted right now so that is my concern. What's going to happen to my business?" said Abdullah.

From here on out, the saying might go, smoke em if you can afford em.

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