Locals react to cigarette tax hike

By Mark Bullion

May 30, 2012 Updated May 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- with the 1 dollar tax per pack on cigarettes passed in the state legislature Tuesday, smokers we talked to aren't too happy about the tax. However, they say it is a motivation to quit not only for their finances, but also their health.

"My husband and I both smoke so we had been trying to quit again, we quit together then ended up going back to it so this just kind of gives us that extra incentive to follow through with that," said Mandee Shanklin.

"It's an addiction and it's certainly not good for your health, but this is the land of the free, we should be able to choose how we want to live your life unless your infringing upon someone else's," said Smoking Pleasure Shop owner in Peoria.

"This will help me. I've quit a couple times before but this will be one step closer to me for quitting for good," said Jennifer Fitz.

The Bill heads to Governor Quinn's desk now to be signed which will go into effect June 24th.

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