Beer and smokes going up
The cost of beer, hard liquor and cigarettes are all going up because of changes announced Wednesday in the provincial budget.
Effective at midnight the provincial taxes levied on a package of 25 cigarettes will go from $4.58 to $5.25.
Other tobacco products will also see a tax increase.
When it comes to wines and spirits, provincial taxes will rise on April 1. The government says that a 750 ml bottle of alcohol will cost 50 cents more. A carton of 12 beers will cost an additional 75 cents.
According to the government's budget papers, the revenue measures on the so-called sin taxes will generate an additional $18 million for provincial coffers.