Which populations are most likely to smoke in Connecticut? The state gets a lot of money from tobacco taxes — $3.40 per pack — which goes into the general fund to pay for the state’s operating costs, like social services. A separate tax is also levied on tobacco companies, and that money is partially supposed to go to anti-smoking programs. However, lawmakers often raid the fund to cover the shortfall in other areas, like new preschool slots.
So who does this practice hurt the most?
Keith M. Phaneuf and Arielle Levin Becker have more here.