Coalition Files Stronger, Modified Version of Tobacco Proposition

6 years 10 months 2 days ago Thursday, November 17 2011 Nov 17, 2011 Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:27:00 PM CST November 17, 2011 in News
By: Megan Johnson

JEFFERSON CITY - A health and education coalition has filed a stronger, revised version of its tobacco-related proposition. The coalition is led by the American Cancer Society.

The new proposition would ask voters to approve a 73-cent per-pack cigarette tax increase and would increase the tax on other tobacco products as well.

The proposed tax increase would raise $283 million per year, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Revenue from the tax would go to tobacco use prevention and quit assistance programs, local public schools and public colleges and universities statewide. 

The revised version includes more detail added to regulations of roll-your-own cigarette companies.

Missouri has the lowest tobacco tax in the country - 17 cents - and some of the highest smoking and lung cancer rates. 

The coalition sponsoring the tobacco measure is comprised of medical and public health professionals, education groups, business leaders and community leaders.

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