BETHEL, Alaska — Lighting up in Bethel is good for city coffers.
KYUK reports (http://is.gd/IiLBuU) the first month's receipts from a tobacco tax brought in more than $25,000 in March.
The tax went into effect March 1. It raises the price of cigarettes by $2.21 per pack and raise prices for other tobacco products by 45 percent.
City officials say that could boost the treasury by $300,000 to $400,000 a year, and the city council will decide how the money is used.
But officials say real intent is to making smoking so expensive, people will quit the habit.
Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org