R.I.’s raised cigarette tax choking store sales, sending customers to Mass.

HIGHER COST: Tom Saccoccia is the owner of Sak’s Centredale Liquor and Wine Cellar in North Providence. He says his customers have noticed the higher cost of a pack of cigarettes, now $8 to $11.50, following the state’s increased cigarette excise tax.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
HIGHER COST: Tom Saccoccia is the owner of Sak’s Centredale Liquor and Wine Cellar in North Providence. He says his customers have noticed the higher cost of a pack of cigarettes, now $8 to $11.50, following the state’s increased cigarette excise tax. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
In the minds of many convenience-store owners, Rhode Island gave Massachusetts a gift in August when it increased the cigarette excise tax by 50 cents per pack. The increased excise tax, of $4.25 a pack, is now second in the nation in terms of steepness, behind only New York. The state also authorized an increase…

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