NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The President's budget proposal will soon be released and it aims to raise cigarette taxes.
Earlier this year, Governor Patrick unveiled a $1.9 billion tax increase. The proposal would raise income taxes and taxes on cigarettes, soda and candy.
Governor Patrick says the money will be used for transportation and education. President Obama is also pushing for a similar tax hike.
The President's budget proposal will be released on Wednesday. The proposal aims to fund a pre-kindergarten program by raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Those who 22News spoke with are behind the idea, saying it's a good incentive to quit.
James Ford of Putney, VT, told 22News, "I usually try to find states that have them cheaper. In NY I ended up having to pay $16-$18 a pouch. Now I pay about $9. I think we should stop smoking and I think that's the one thing that will keep us from doing it."
"It's better for them to actually focus on their health instead of spending money on cigarettes," said Christopher Amirault of Northampton. "They are terrible for you in general."
Massachusetts ranks 9th in the nation when it comes to cigarette taxes; the state tax rate per pack is $2.51. The federal cigarette tax is $1.01.