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Tax hike could send smokers out of state

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A new tobacco tax hike will raise the cost of cigarettes even more in Washington.

Starting in June a pack of cigarettes will run people in Washington about $8.

With the new dollar tax jumping up the cost of cigarettes here, some smokers may head to Oregon or Idaho for a cheaper fix. Just over the state lines a pack of cigarettes can run less than $5, and if you buy several cases, well, you don't need to do the math to realize it can save you a lot of money.

 Of course, doing so could create some fines, which is why some people are using the tax changes as an incentive to quit. Others say the desire to continue may outweigh the risk of going to another state.

If you buy cigarettes in another state and bring them back to Washington, the new law states you will still owe the Washington taxes; therefore, If police find untaxed cigarettes in your possession you could face a $10 per pack fine.