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If you're a smoker, Obama raised your taxes

By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 5:26 p.m.

A new cigarette tax went into effect April 1, and we got lots of e-mail from readers saying it violated a promise Barack Obama made on the campaign trail not to raise any taxes on people who make less than $250,000 a year.

"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes," Obama said on the campaign trail.

We didn't have a promise like this in our database, so we decided to add it. And after a lot of debate, we decided to rate the new promise Compromise . Read all about our new promise and find out why we decided on Compromise here .

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Names in this article: Barack Obama

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