CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - More than a dollar tax increase on some packs of cigarettes here in Massachusetts has more residents planning to make purchases over state lines in New Hampshire.
The excise cigarette tax in Massachusetts increased $1 from $2.51 to $3.51 per pack as part of a 500 million dollar tax law approved by lawmakers. But it has more residents going over state lines to New Hampshire to make larger purchases.
In New Hampshire, there was a tax increase of a dollar per carton of cigarette and simultaneously in Massachusetts there was a tax increase of $10 per carton of cigarettes. That excludes the 6.25 sales tax that the state of Massachusetts tacks on.
Owner of Cha's Convenience store Marshall Royce says he expects more customers with such a tax difference.
"We're expecting over the next few weeks floods of Massachusetts residents coming over the line and purchasing cigarettes. It's a big increase," said Royce.
Back in Massachusetts residents 22News spoke with said they are already planning on making more trips across the state line.
Kevin Malloch of Agawam told 22News, "That would probably be the best bet financially because the prices around our area are skyrocketing."
"I'm going to try and cut back down a little bit but I would rather go over there and buy the cigarettes. Like you know I'm trying to smoke a cigarette right now," said Arjun Bala of Greenfield.
Other people said the money it takes for gas to get here is worth the savings.