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Published July 01, 2013, 03:03 PM

MN cigarette tax increase takes effect

Cigarettes in Minnesota are much more costly this week. The new tobacco taxes kicked Monday, which includes a $1.60 increase in the per-pack tax on cigarettes.

Cigarettes in Minnesota are much more costly this week. The new tobacco taxes kicked Monday, which includes a $1.60 increase in the per-pack tax on cigarettes.

The extra charge brings the total tax to $2.83 The new tax is part of a state budget fix but has also hailed by public health experts as a way to discourage smoking. Some stores in the border towns worry they could lose business with people going across the river to buy cigarettes in North Dakota. Others say they will be just fine.

Minnesota now has the nation's 6th highest tax on cigarettes. New York tops the list at $4.35 a pack.

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