Are Rising Cigarette Taxes Discriminating Against Smokers?

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- According to a poll, more than half of smokers in the U.S. see cigarette tax hikes as unjust.

This comes as the city of Staunton is about to double their taxes on the purchase of cigarettes.

While some think that it will help smokers quit, others say it's just wrong.

"I could understand how people would feel about that if they were against it because it's a pleasure they enjoy," said Sage Latane, a Staunton neighbor.

"I think they're just complaining because we always have to have a driver in our life to help us do what is right," said Gene Potter, who quit smoking.

The cigarette tax increase in Staunton is expected to go into effect at the beginning of August. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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