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Smokers and shoppers react to cigarette tax veto

Mississippi's 7% grocery tax is one of the highest in the country, and while 7% may not sound like much, it can add up quickly. Some Mississippi shoppers were no doubt hoping the tax would be cut in half.

Brenda Smith could've saved about three bucks today if it had. "I go three times a week," she said. "I baby sit my grandchildren and go through a lot of food so every bit counts."

It's not just people who live in Mississippi looking for a break. Demetria Braden crosses the boarder to save a buck. "We come down from Memphis to shop and so if they drop that tax, we'll definitely be down here more often," she said.

For all the money grocery shoppers would save, smokers would have paid 80 cents and eventually a dollar more a pack. While most Mississippi smokers may be glad not to have to pay that, some like Phyllis James say the idea is incentive enough to quit.

"Even I would try to quit, cause they are getting outrageous and it is bad for you," she said.

If more smokers follow suit, Mississippi could see a large chunk of revenue disappear whether taxes change or not. There is a chance the Mississippi legislature could overturn the veto but it would require a two-thirds majority in each chamber.

That's a move that many say isn't very likely.

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