So tomorrow the cigarette tax goes up another dollar and smokes will be over $12 a pack in Chicago. I quit smoking 14 years ago and it won't affect me. Cook County sherrif Tom Dart is cracking down on counterfeit smokes imported from China being sold for $7 a pack. The fine for selling counterfeit smokes is 250k. I guess they'll get their tax dollars one way or another. I don't advocate breaking the law. People smoking Kools and Newports(the brands they showed on the tube) IMO seem to be budget minded. Seems to me a heck of a business plan. Give a man a check and take back as much as you can.