Hike in cigarette tax could force 1 million to quit

Knoxville (WVLT) - A big hike in the federal tax on cigarettes could cause one million smokers to quit.

That is the word from public health experts, who say raising the price of cigarettes has a consistent effect on reducing smoking rates.

Beginning April first, the federal tax on cigarettes will increase from 39 cents to about $1.01 to pay for the expansion of a public health insurance program for lower income children.

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