Mar 08 16:54

Lines Drawn in Tobacco Tax Fight

Healthcare advocates rallied in front of the state capitol today in support of House Bill 39, which would increase the tobacco tax by $1 per pack of cigarettes:

More than 100 health care professionals and members of the faith community showed up Monday, many of them wearing “Pass the Buck” badges with dollar bills pinned to them.

The proposed tax would raise an estimated $354 million annually and — proponents say — decrease the number of smokers.

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