The extra tax is expected to raise $25 million a year.
But Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says it’s not all about the money, it’s about preventing people from smoking in the first place.
Moreover, the extra $25 million the additional tax is expected to generate will go toward the county health system, which treats some 300 lung cancer patients each year.
Preckwinkle says she’ll triple the number of tobacco inspectors to crack down on cigarette smuggling and tax evasion.
Also, the Cook County Department of Revenue says it’s going to hire more staff to crack-down on tobacco smuggling and tax evasion.