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Cigarette tax jumps up $1 a pack in Chicago
CHICAGO • Taxes on cigarettes sold in Cook County are going up by one dollar a pack.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the tax, which takes effect Friday, is expected to generate more than $25 million annually for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.
She says higher taxes also will help lower smoking rates, including by discouraging people from starting.
The price of a pack of cigarettes could be near $11 in Chicago, $6.67 of which is city, county and state taxes. Only New York City — at $6.86 in taxes — slaps on higher taxes.
Cook County’s Department of Public Health will begin an anti-smoking campaign later this month aimed at youth. It will include television advertising and placards on buses and at bus shelters.
Preckwinkle says the county Revenue Department will hire more staff to help stop tobacco smuggling and tax evasion.