Smokers Search for Alternatives

Cigarette Tax
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A cigarette tax hike of 50 cents per pack has some smokers thinking twice about continuing the habit.

A random polling of stores in the area shows a carton of premium cigarettes costs $37.99 at the Admiral Gas station on Cedar in Lansing, $38.99 at the Rite Aid on Cedar, and $41.50 at the Campus Mobile Service on Harrison in East Lansing.

And these prices are without the tax increase added on.

Smokers have another choice besides going to a local store, they can go online. Prices for cartons online range from $28.99 to $31.49.

The Internet provides a variety of Web sites offering cheaper prices.