Day Before Cigarette Tax Increase

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Danny Huff says: "I always come up here cause they're cheaper than Tennessee. Tennessee has got one of the highest sales tax on cigarettes in the world I think."

Danny Huff has been smoking since he was 15. Now that Kentucky's sales tax on cigarettes is going up he won't be buying his smokes here.

"Why should I? Why should I drive all the way up here from Gallatin to get my cigarettes?"

The manager of the Keystop Travelcenter in Franklin says they sold more cigarettes than usual this weekend.

Billy Joe Perry says: "I would say some people will stock up on them with the cheap price. From what I understand we're not going to be the cheapest much longer."

The sales tax for cigarettes and other tobacco products in Kentucky is currently three cents. That's the cheapest in the country. But tomorrow it will go up to 30 cents. That's ten cents more than neighboring Tennessee and businesses there hope it makes a big difference.

Marilyn High manages the Keystop in Portland. She says: "Well I hope they start coming down here to improve my business."

The tax hike was designed to try to get smokers to quit. But Huff says he doesn't think it will work.

Huff says: "They won't quit, they'll probably go somewhere else to buy them. That's what I would do."

But retailers in Franklin say there business won't stay down for long.

Perry says: "It will hurt us some, but we ain't going to close the doors."

He also says many people will still drive to Franklin for groceries and gasoline because prices are cheaper than in Tennessee. And he says if a proposed tax increase on cigarettes is approved in Tennessee then his business will probably go back to normal soon.