- Flavor country might get more expensive.
Cigarettes are already expensive in Cleveland. Sin taxes for stadiums and the arts have tallied extra pennies and dimes onto packs of smokes for years, plus there's the $1.25 state tax on the nicotine sticks.
Smoking levels here and around the country, however, have stayed at the same rate.
The lessons: 1) It's hard to quit, and 2) Smokers will pay just about anything to get their fix.
Which is why politicians keep going back to the well to get more money. And why shouldn't they?
Well, the American Lung Association is asking Ohio to up the state tax even more.
Get out your wallets, smokers.