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Our View: Cruel irony in state's cigarette tax hike
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Smokers are an easy budget target, and the state government's aim has been focused in their direction quite frequently in recent years.The new cigarette tax is expected to generate $522.8 million over the next two years - depending, of course, on what impact the higher taxes have on how much people smoke. But while the state essentially encouraged people to quit smoking, it cut tobacco control grants, which fund programs that help people who are trying to quit smoking.