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State Cigarette Tax Increase Takes Effect Thursday

Posted September 1, 2005 7:41 a.m. EDT

— Plan to pay more if you want to light up.

Starting today, the state cigarette tax jumps from 5 cents to 30 cents a pack.

Next year, the rate will increase by a nickel.

North Carolina had the lowest cigarette tax in the country. Now, South Carolina takes over the title at seven cents a pack.