Kentucky cigarette sales drop

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KENTUCKY (WEHT) – Kentucky sees a big drop in cigarette sales.

It comes one year after the Commonwealth’s tax increase.

State officials say cigarette sales dropped by 36 million packs, or more than 10%.

This comes after lawmakers approved a 50 cent per pack excise tax increase in 2018.

The tax increase raised $140 million in its first year.

Cigarette sales have dropped by 6% nationwide in the past year.

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(This story was originally published on September 26, 2019)

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