If you are a smoker in Minnesota get ready to pay more for that pack of cigarettes starting January 1st.

Lance Klatt is executive director of the Minnesota Service Station and convenience store association and recently wrote quit an eye opening article in the Star Tribune.

Klatt went on to say how this automatic tax increase in Minnesota is hurting small business as smokers will go to other states or find other means to get tobacco type products.   Minnesota has the seventh highest tobacco tax in the country and is the only state that automatically impose an annual adjustment factor that automatically increases the tobacco tax.

Currently in Minnesota a single pack of cigarettes is over $8.00 a pack and with new tax this will increase somewhere around an additional 10 -12 cents per pack.