A dollar more for cigarettes?
Wed, 30 May 2012 13:23:02 GMT —
Smokers in Illinois may soon pay more for their habit.
Illinois lawmakers have approved raising cigarette taxes by one dollar a pack.
The bill now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.
Supporters say the tax hike will help close a $2.7 billion hole in the state Medicaid budget and help prevent smoking.
The tax is expected to generate about $350 million a year. That would then be matched by the federal government to yield about $700 million.
Other tobacco products would see state taxes rise too. Click here to read more about the bill.