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Cigarette tax

E cigarettes gaining in popularity

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DULUTH — With a cigarette tax increase looming in Minnesota, a trend toward cheaper alternatives is accelerating.

That includes roll-your-own cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.

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"A lot of people are going to the electronic ones," said Mike Kasapidis, manager of Cigs for Less. "It’s a new trend now."

Mike Waz, manager of the Smoke Shop, agreed.

"What we’re seeing is a huge interest in electronic cigarettes," Waz said. "E-cigs are just so much more economical."

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