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Cigarette tax affecting area business

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It's been one month since Minnesota's new cigarette tax - which increased state taxes by $1.60 per pack - went into effect July 1. That brings the total Minnesota tax to $2.83 per pack.

Now, the owner of Red Wing's only smoke shop is saying the tax's impact has "absolutely" been felt by his business. Moe Wazwaz said cigarette sales have dropped about 60 percent at Red Wing Smoke Shop in four weeks.

"The store is a lot slower," he said.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.
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