ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) -- Drive further or ditch the smoking habit? That's the choice confronting border-town smokers seeking to avoid paying a higher cigarette tax in Minnesota.
Iowa convenience shops are reporting a slight uptick in sales since Minnesota boosted its per-pack tax by $1.60 on July 1, the Albert Lea Tribune reported this week. One store operator says she's selling 20 to 25 more cartons per week.
Iowa's tax on cigarettes is $1.36 per pack -- less than half the $2.83 now charged in Minnesota.
A Minnesota law restricts residents from bringing more than one carton of cigarettes from another state.
Other cost-conscious smokers are choosing instead to quit. The nonprofit ClearWay Minnesota says it has seen a surge of visits to its website and calls to its QuitPlan Services hotline.
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