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Health officials look to curb smoking with hefty taxes

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

If you think cigarette prices here in Illinois are bad, check out what's happening in Australia.

Health officials there are pushing for new taxes that could drive the price of cigarettes up to $20 a pack.

Under the proposal, taxes on cigarettes would be raised every year for the next five years.

Officials say it is part of a program to protect the public health.

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