A new one dollar tax on cigarettes in Cook County, Illinois, means that a pack of cigarettes will be near $11 in Chicago, as $6.67 of the total cost includes city, county and state taxes (video below).
According to theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the new tax is expected to bring in more than $25 million for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System each year.
Preckwinkle hopes that the higher tax also will help lower smoking rates and discourage people from starting.
Cook County's Department of Public Health will begin an anti-smoking campaign, TV and bus shelters, later this month.
Preckwinkle said the County Revenue Department will hire more staff to help stop tobacco smuggling and tax evasion.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch