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Cigarettes at $15 per pack? Minneapolis might do it.

The anti-smoking move would set the highest minimum price for smokes in the country and ban discounts.

The Minneapolis City Council is considering making a pack of cigarettes no cheaper than $15 - before taxes - the highest in the nation.

"That's robbery," said Ojo Trill after shopping at the Uptown Tobacco & E-Cigs store on Lake Street. "Stop raising the costs for us to be regular people."

Public health officials and smoking cessation advocates say the high cost should reduce the number of people who smoke, especially youth, although opponents worry about the effect it could have on low-income smokers and potentially encourage black market sales. Jason Johnson, another man shopping at the Lake Street store Tuesday, said it's unfair to people who already struggle with the costs of living in the city.

"People can't afford $15, $16 for cigarettes," Johnson said.


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