Beginning Friday morning, the City of Bethel has a new tax on tobacco products. The tax will raise the price of cigarettes by $2.21 per pack and raise the prices for other tobacco products by 45% of the wholesale price.
Many in the community have expressed praise for the tax at city council meetings, saying it may help detour young people from picking up tobacco or push people to quit.
Some in the community are not in favor, however. Corina’s Caselot Grocery in Bethel will stop selling tobacco products altogether because of the tax.