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I94 Tobacco Outlet owner Tim Mead stands next to the cigarette "RYO Filling Station" in his shop. Mead sells customers the tobacco and tubes, and rents time on the machine for them to make "smokes." In doing so, they avoid paying about $35 per carton in state and federal manufacturing taxes. Photo by Randy Hanson

'Roll your own' tobacco business offers bargain prices

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A tobacco shop in the Hudson Outpost Center at Exit 4 on Interstate 94 offers serious savings to smokers willing to try something new.

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For $29.99 plus tax, customers can purchase the tobacco, papers and filters to make about 200 "smokes," the equivalent of a carton of cigarettes.

The price includes rental of a machine that automatically stuffs the tobacco into the pre-rolled paper tubes that are attached to a filter, just like a regular cigarette.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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