A large state deficit leads lawmakers and state representatives to hike cigarette prices up 31 cents. Area residents are wondering why smokers are the only ones to suffer the consequences because of a depleted budget. Jane Meach a non-smoker said, "I don't think it's right to smokers. I use to smoke, I quit in 1970. If people want to smoke they shouldn't be penalized." Mike Rice a smoker stated, "I don't think they tax it, because I think they could be taxing other stuff to make it more fair." Cigarette prices are going to reach a high 4 dollars a pack and could be a little higher in some places.