Will it raise revenue? Probably not and will have unintended consequences, driving people across state lines. And it would hurt the poor the most. It's a regressive tax, and it's steep already around here:
If a dollar increase in taxes were passed, the average cost of a pack cigarettes would rise to $7.26 across most of Illinois. In Cook County and the City of Chicago the price would rise to nearly $10 per pack.It's nanny state, and it's a bad idea.
Cut state spending in Illinois. Enough with the smoke & mirrors budgeting.