The Cook County Board of Commissioners pass a 5 cent tax increase on cigarettes.
This film documents a hearing held by the Cook County Board of Commissioners on March 7, 1980 to consider a 5 cent tax increase on cigarettes in the county. Several people voice the concern that such a tax could encourage organized crime’s involvement in the illegal distribution of cigarettes. Multiple attendees are shown smoking during the debate. The film concludes as the board votes to approve the tax, and WLS-TV consumer reporter Karen Kalish begins an interview with George Dunne, President of the Board of Commissioners.