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Price for cigarettes increased to 55 cents a pack in Kansas City - photo from the archives

A 4-cent increase in the Jackson County sent the price of cigarettes to 55 cents per pack in early 1972.
A 4-cent increase in the Jackson County sent the price of cigarettes to 55 cents per pack in early 1972.

Originally published Jan. 3, 1972

New price

Although the new 4-cent increase in the Jackson County cigarette tax does not go into effect until Tuesday, vendors already have changed machines to their new 55-cent price. City officials fear the new tax will cost them $800,000 in lost revenues the first fiscal year the tax is in effect, because smokers will buy in other counties or in Kansas.

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