Smokers Pay More for Butts Today

Federal tax hike raises average Chicago price to $9.50 a pack

By Peggy Cassidy
|  Wednesday, Apr 1, 2009  |  Updated 10:23 AM CDT
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Cigarettes are going to cost you more today.

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Starting today, smokers will pay more for their nicotine fix. 

The largest cigarette tax hike in history goes into effect Wednesday, with the old 39-cent tax going up to $1.01.

The average price for one pack of cigarettes in Chicago is now about $9.50.

Some Illinois lawmakers are pushing to make it even higher, as a senate committee just approved legislation that would raise the price another dollar over the next two years.

Time to quit?

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