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Run on smokes precedes tax hike
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Times photo: Brenda Steurer Darlene Vander Velden takes a cigarette break Wednesday morning outside Stop-N-Go in Monroe. She said the new tax will slow down, but not stop, a habit shes had for 55 years.
MONROE - Darlene Vander Velden has smoked for 55 years and been in store management for 36.She's never seen anything like what happened at her Stop-N-Go store in Monroe in the three weeks leading up to New Year's Day.