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Lung Association Calls For Big Cigarette Tax Hike

A pack of cigarettes could cost about eight dollars in Maine, if the American Lung Association of the Northeast gets its way.

The association is calling for a dollar-50-a-pack increase in the state's cigarette tax.

Supporters say that would raise an additional 50-million dollars a year that could go into the Medicaid budget.

Anti-smoking advocates also say eight-dollar-a-pack cigarettes would give smokers an incentive to quit and discourage people from starting to smoke.

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