SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved a tax increase of $1.00 per pack on cigarettes.
The new tobacco taxes could bring in addition $700 million per year to the state.
"Increasing the price of cigarettes will decrease smoking-related costs to Medicaid, which came to $1.5 billion last year. This legislation will help 60,000 people quit smoking, prevent 60,000 deaths from smoking-related conditions and keep 80,000 kids from taking up smoking in the first place," said Governor Quinn.
This is the final part of Governor Quinn's plan to restructure a floundering Medicaid system.
Last week lawmakers passed sweeping cuts to the program.
Governor Quinn is expected to sign both bills.