Thursday, April 2, 2009
Larry Jukes said he remembers when he could buy 10 cigarette packs for $2.50.
Coloradan Larry Jukes says he's upset about the hike but doesn't expect it will persuade him to quit smoking.
But he'd now take the days when -- just last month -- he could buy his carton of choice for $49.
Thanks in part to the largest-ever federal cigarette tax increase -- a nearly 62-cents-a-pack hike that starts Wednesday but was reflected in many prices earlier -- Jukes on Tuesday paid more than $58 for a 10-pack carton at the Cigarette Store in Denver, Colorado.
That same store was selling it about $9 cheaper weeks ago. Jukes and other shoppers there said they feel stuck and taken advantage of.
"They're picking on us poor people, the ones that smoke," Jukes, a 65-year-old who has been smoking since he was a teen, said of the government. "They have been for years."
Ah...Good times. Especially since Obama smokes! Too funny.