Opposition rises over proposed 63-cent Missouri cigarette tax hike

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 9:41 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – An opposition campaign is being waged by convenience store operators in Missouri over a proposed hike in the state’s cigarette tax.

 

Proposition B on the November ballot would hike the tax from the current rate of 17 cents a pack to 90 cents. Money raised from the tax is slated to go to public schools and universities.

But opponents tout Proposition B as a 760 percent tax hike, and say politicians are singling out smokers.

The Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is launching an opposition campaign next week but, billboards have already been installed through parts of the St. Louis area.

According to the CDC, 19.3 percent of Americans over the age of 18 smoke cigarettes.

 

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