Montana Smokers Buying in Wyoming
Laramie, Wy – Business owners along the Wyoming-Montana
border say more Montana residents are crossing over to buy cigarettes in Wyoming, since Montana increased its cigarette tax.
Wyoming has one of the nation's lower cigarette taxes at just 60 cents per pack. That's a-dollar-ten per pack lower than Montana's tax - or eleven-dollars per carton.
Mark Wells is manager of the Holiday gas station and convenience store in Sheridan. He says he's seen the difference since Montana voters last November agreed to increase that state's tax from one-dollar per pack to a-dollar-70.
That gave Montana the fourth-highest cigarette tax in the country, behind Rhode Island, New Jersey and Michigan.