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Outlet Stores Claim Proposed Tobacco Hike Will 'Snuff' Out Business

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina Senate proposal to raise the tobacco tax by 25 cents a pack has some outlet stores worried their business will go up in smoke.

John and Tammy Boratyn travel to North Carolina from New York, where they pay up to $3 a pack in taxes.

"Down here, you can buy them for $20 a carton, so we make a special trip every year to come down to buy cigarettes," John said.

Outlet stores say they would be hit hard by the tax hike because they do at least 75 percent of their business with people from out-of-state looking for inexpensive cigarettes.

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John Bachman, Reporter
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Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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