Chicago's Cigarette Tax Nearing New York's
By Sam Bakken in News on Dec 9, 2004 12:03AM
We thought our readers would be especially interested in the cigarette taxes. We know you're that creepy guy (or gal) sitting at the corner of the bar chain-smoking and "making eye contact" with us.
Daley originally wanted to raise the cigarette tax to just 48 cents per pack, but at last night's Finance Committee meeting a couple of squares on the city council (Edward M. Burke, Ed Smith and Eugene Schulter) pushed for an increase to $1-a-pack. And Cook County Board President John Stroger has said he wants to increase the county's current $1-a-pack tax.
So smoking is going to get a lot more expensive here in Chicago. You should stop. It's bad for you. You should also stop staring at us. You're totally not our type.