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Cigarette fee will stay

By Candice Dehnbostel

Minnesotan smokers will keep paying the 75-cent-per-pack health impact fee after the U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to hear cigarette company Philip Morris' case, reported the Associated Press.

Cigarette manufacturers at the state court level claimed the fee violated a 1998 setttlement that paid the state of Minnesota to compensate health care costs related to tobacco, according to the Star Tribune.

The state Supreme Court ruled the fee did not pertain to companies, but instead smokers who are not protected from further fees, according to the Pioneer Press.