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Chicago Tobacco Taxes

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The Emanuel administration touted the change as "an early independence day" from smoking.

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Aldermen on Wednesday approved a new set of tobacco taxes in addition to raising the age to buy tobacco.

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Aldermen said the new taxes would increase crime and hurt small businesses, especially in border wards.

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A tweak to a proposed ordinance earned committee approval, but a full council vote was delayed.

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A move to raise tobacco taxes and put money toward high-school orientation met resistance.

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The proposal also would set a minimum price for a pack of cigarettes at $11.50.

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Orientation for freshmen and at-risk 8th-graders will be paid for with $6 million in new tobacco taxes.