It's going to cost Minnesota smokers more to light up in 2016. An automatic inflationary adjustment to the state's excise tax will take effect tomorrow (Friday). It means Minnesotans will be paying more for cigarettes in the new year.
For years the US Government has been urging our citizens to put down the cigarettes. They've created days dedicated to quitting, offered free help to quit and even raised prices to deter smoking. What they haven't done is used a kid to drive the point home.
TV reporter Brad Woodward picked about the worst time possible to be caught taking a smoke break. The five-year veteran of KHOU news in Houston was happily puffing away when the anchors cut to his coverage of an oil fire.
Smokers are going to need a strong stomach if they want to continue their habit. That’s because starting in September of 2012 new FDA requirements will mandate that half of the area on every pack of cigarettes be covered by a graphic anti-smoking warning label.