Portsmouth approves cigarette tax increase

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 17, 2013 file photo, Marlboro cigarettes are on display in a CVS store in Pittsburgh. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain says it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 as it continues to focus more on health care. The move will cost the Woonsocket, R.I., company about $2 billion in annual revenue. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Portsmouth City Council approved an increase in the city’s cigarette tax Tuesday night.

During a regularly scheduled meeting, members voted 6-1 in favor of a 30-cent increase. The total tax will be 90 cents per pack, starting July 1.

Dana Woodson with the City of Portsmouth said the money will go to the city’s general fund.

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