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One month in, Philly cigarette tax boosting business in the ‘burbs

Photo: Tom MacDonald | WHYY

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The $2-per-pack cigarette tax in Philadelphia has been in effect for more than a month, and some people are hitting the road to avoid paying the additional cost.

If you pull into the Wawa parking lot in Trevose on Route 1 just over the city line, it’s hard to find a parking space because the store is selling cigarettes at the state minimum, without the $2 tax that must be collected just down the road.

Smoker Joe Callahan says he stocks up here instead of buying in the city.

"I don’t live around here; when I come out this way, I pick up a couple packs," he said.

One after another people coming out of the convenience store are holding four, five packs or even a carton.

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