cigarette tax http://northernpublicradio.org en Forecasting group expects cigarette sales to dip http://northernpublicradio.org/post/forecasting-group-expects-cigarette-sales-dip <div>As of June 24th, cigarette packs cost an extra dollar. Lawmakers decided the money should be used to help fund Medicaid, the state&#39;s program of healthcare for the poor, disabled, and elderly. The Department of Revenue limited distributors from stocking up on cigarettes before the tax went into effect. A judge eventually told the</div><div>state it couldn&#39;t do that, but one retailer says the damage was done.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Taffy Robbins is with Discount Tobacco, which has 19 stores across Illinois. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:47:32 +0000 WNIJ & Rachel Otwell 14851 at http://northernpublicradio.org Forecasting group expects cigarette sales to dip Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-smokers-brace-big-hit-wallet <p>Illinois smokers could soon see a huge increase in the cost of a pack of cigarettes. The Illinois House today approved a plan to more than double the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar increase. Fri, 25 May 2012 22:35:13 +0000 Susan Stephens 12348 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet