Bargain Hunters Crossing Border For Cheaper Cigarettes

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Bargain hunters are already crossing the state line looking for cheaper cigarettes, but we may be seeing even more this weekend.

"I think it's too much, but I'll buy them anyway. I know I will," said Jean Kelley.

Kelley lives in Tazewell but already drives about twenty minutes across the border to Middlesboro to Mike's Seven Eleven to stock up.

"Even before the taxes, it's cheaper over here right now," Kelley said.

Middlesboro Store Owner Bill Wilcox says he doesn't see smokers traveling to Kentucky for just a pack or two, but he expects those stocking up on cartons to cross the border after the tax goes into effect.

"Got as much business as I can handle. Afraid I'll have to set up another register just to handle it," Wilcox said.

But he worries what his gain could mean for others across the border.

"I hate to see it for the merchants. I'm afraid it's gonna put some of them out of business," Wilcox said.

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