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Cigarette sales spike in Minnesota ahead of Monday's tax hike

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Starting Monday, a tax increase on tobacco in Minnesota will cause a pack of cigarettes will cost around seven dollars or higher, depending on the brand.

Two dollars and eight cents of that will go to pay state taxes.

In the meantime, customers are stocking up before prices skyrocket.

In some places, people are buying several cartons at a time to avoid paying the higher price later. Others say they're going to save money by rolling their own.

Some have even decided going out of the state to North Dakota is a better option than paying the higher prices here in Minnesota.

Kris Wood at Tobacco Discounts says it shouldn't affect his business - but he still doesn't like it. "It's not going to slow us down any but it's rather sickening to know that they got away with this big tax increase. I mean it's just very drastic for some people living on fixed incomes to have to come up with that extra money," Wood said Thursday.

The tax increase will affect all tobacco products including cigars, cigarette rollers and chewing tobacco. It's projected to raise 430 million dollars over the next two years.

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