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Smokers will pay more to light up

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The cost of smoking is going up. A federal tax will raise the price of a pack of cigarettes by 62-cents. The increase will go into effect on April first and push the cost for a pack of many brands to more than four dollars.

Though the tax won't go into effect until next week, many companies have already raised their prices in anticipation of the new tax. Many hope higher prices will get more people to quit smoking.

"It helps out the people period. It helps there lungs, everything. It helps save lives," said supporter Teresa Rouse.

" I think we should tax something else," said smoker Steve Hedgepeth.

Democrats in the Georgia General Assembly pushed to raise the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar per pack. They said it would raise $450 million to help ease the budget crisis. But the bill failed to pass in the House by the deadline to be considered in the Senate.

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