Tax Hike

By: Aaron Baskerville
By: Aaron Baskerville

The proposed cigarette tax hike of 75 cents would generate millions of dollars for the state. Question is, would it also encourage smokers to quit the habit?

Health officials and smokers say there's no doubt some will not the pay the extra money. Experts say the last cigarette tax hike by former Governor John Engler did force smokers to quit.

According to the American Lung Association, 24-percent of Michigan adults smoke cigarettes. The tax increase would have the biggest impact on kids.

The ALA says the amount of packs sold in Michigan has decreased by 13-percent during the last five years, despite the number of adult smokers remaining flat.

Health clinics say they have seen an increase of smokers looking for help in the last few years.


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