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New 75-cent per-pack cigarette tax starts today

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Wisconsin starts collecting a new 75 cent per-pack cigarette tax today.

The tax, according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is estimated to prompt 17,000 Wisconsin smokers to quit while preventing 33,000 Wisconsin kids from ever starting.

It's also expected to save the state $740 million in long-term health care costs due to decreased rates of adult and youth smokers.

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