October 31, 1942

Many Buying Sprees Today
WASHINGTON, D.C.—New excise taxes go into effect tomorrow on cigarets, cigars, beer, wine, liquor, and camera film, the Office of Price Administration (OPA) announced today. The new tax will add one-half cent to the price of a pack of cigarets if purchased as two packs, but a full cent per pack if only one pack is purchased. A pack that today costs fifteen cents will cost sixteen cents tomorrow or two packs will cost thirty-one cents. Retailers must allow consumers the chance to buy two packs at a time. With the new tax, cigars will increase in price by about twenty per cent. The tax on liquor will be fifty cents per quart of one hundred proof whiskey. Consumers are going on buying sprees today to stock up before the tax goes into effect at midnight tonight.

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