The Mankato Free Press
---- — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cigarettes will be much more costly in Minnesota after Sunday.
New tobacco taxes kick in Monday. That includes a $1.60 increase in the per-pack tax on cigarettes.
The extra charge brings the total tax to $2.83 per pack. It's part of a state budget fix, but has also hailed by public health experts as a way to discourage smoking.
Minnesota will have the nation's 6th highest tax on cigarettes. New York is tops at $4.35.
As part of the tax conversion, retailers must take inventory on packs already in stores. By mid-July they must report their counts to the state and pay a one-time floor stock tax by early September. Floor tax proceeds have been earmarked to pay debt on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.