DULUTH - After the Minn. state tax increase on cigerettes on July 1., Duluth tobacco shops and gas stations said their sales have decreased.
Some gas stations said cigarette sales are down by thousands of dollars a week.
Meklye Wahedi, a cashier at "Cigs for Less" said carton sales are especially down.
"People were buying 3 or 4 at a time, they would come in the next week and but 3 or 4 again, and yeah, it increased a lot," Wahedi said. "When July 1 first hit, that's when it was really slow."
The average pack of cigarettes in Minn. increased from just over $5, to $8.