This broken promise would cost my wife and I about $25 per week, or $100 per month. I say "would" because we haven't actually purchased any tobacco since the tax increase. We stocked up on bulk tobacco before the increase and will quit when the tobacco runs out... letting someone else, most likely non-smokers, to pick up the tax tab.
Glenn Beck: Obama breaks another promise - Remember when presidential candidate Senator Obama said 'if you make under $250,000 a year you will not see a tax increase of any kind' and his running mate, Joe Biden, said the same? That's the latest campaign promise to go up in smoke, as the unprecedented tax hike on cigarettes went into effect yesterday. The hike is six times bigger than any other cigarette tax hike in history---and since people making less than $250,000 a year are more likely to smoke it's a disproportionate tax on the poor. Not only that, the tax will likely discourage low income people from smoking---thus hurting the original reason given for the tax---funding S-CHIP, the health care program for kids. Glenn comments on the broken promise here.