A $6 million tax on tobacco products in Chicago would pay for two school programs in the city under a plan backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The proposed tobacco tax would allow the city to provide a one-week orientation program over the summer to every incoming high school freshman, rather than just those at selective enrollment schools.
The tax -- which would cover mini- and full-sized cigars, chewing tobacco and rolling tobacco -- would also fund another summer program geared toward helping incoming eighth graders at risk of dropping out.
The specific tax varies for each tobacco product covered under the proposal. An ounce of rolling and chewing tobacco would go up $6.60 and $1.80, respectively. The respective tax per each mini and full-sized cigar would be 15 cents and 90 cents.
At $7.17 per pack, Chicago already has the highest tax on traditional cigarettes in the country. Emanuel also hiked taxes on e-cigarettes as part of his 2016 budget.