Three-Cent Price Boost Will Be Effective At Midnight
Stores Report Rush
Dealers Announce Packages Must Be Opened Before Stamps Are Affixed
With cigaret prices due for a jump of three cents a package at midnight, El Paso smokers hastened Thursday to lay in supplies.
The state tax on cigarets will go into effect at 12:01 a. m. Friday.
Some shops reported heavily increased sales, while others reported slight increases.
Anthony. Las Cruces and other New Mexico places prepared to welcome Texas smokers who object to paying the tax.
Retail prices on the popular brands beginning Friday will be 17 and 18 cents a package, dealers announced.
Present prices are 14 and 15 cents a package.
C. C. House, district manager of United Cigar Stores, asserted that smokers, with the federal tax, will be paying nine cents tax on each package.
"It will be inconvenient to place stamps' on individual packages, for every carton will have to be broken," House said.