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Poll: Smokers feel discriminated against for paying higher taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKZO) -- Most smokers think they're being discriminated against for paying higher taxes for their cigarettes. That's according to a new Gallup poll. Only two in five smokers in the poll thought the increased taxes are justified.

States tax an average of $1.36 a pack. The federal government adds another dollar of tax per pack.

Smoking rates have declined over the past few years. The Gallup poll shows only 21-percent of Americans admit to lighting up within the past week.