Smokers Will Pay More For Cigarettes In Staunton

STAUNTON, Va. - Staunton City Council voted to double the city's cigarette tax from 15 cents to 30 cents.

Council members say the money from the tax will go to the city's schools.

The city expects the increased tax to raise about $332,000 dollars.

Some people who live in Staunton say the tax increase could have negative effects on the local businesses.

"This town's got plenty of money, it' just a money racket, we're already paying taxes on cigarettes, so give us a break," says John Murphy who lives in Staunton. "If Staunton wants to keep jacking the price of them, there are other places I can get them, but I'm still going to smoke them right here in town, they're not going to get people to quit."

The increase 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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