Cigarette Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Kansans hoping to dodge a 46-cent increase in the tax on each pack of cigarettes could get in trouble seeking cheaper smokes out of state.

The tax hike went into effect Monday. To avoid the tax, some smokers have discussed plans to form pools and take turns driving to other states for cigarettes.

Gayle Martin is the spokeswoman for the state's Department of Revenue.

She says it's illegal to possess more than one carton of cigarettes without the Kansas tax stamp.

Mark Engholm is a spokesman with the highway patrol. He says patrol officers won't perform cigarette checkpoints. But he says troopers would look for unusual numbers of cigarettes while making traffic stops for other violations.

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