Posted: Oct 24, 2012 3:47 PM by Marie Mandelberg
Updated: Oct 24, 2012 5:50 PM
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce Tuesday endorsed Proposition B, which would raise taxes on cigarettes from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack.
Supporters say this increase would generate about $283 million dollars. That money would go to public education and smoking cessation programs.
"We feel that it's a good investment. We have a very, very low tobacco tax, if not the lowest in the country and we feel that this is a way that we could assist with these different resources that need our assistance," Chamber of Commerce Don Laird said.
Many businesses that sell cigarettes have opposed the tax increase, displaying signs and messages to convince the public to vote against Prop B.
Right now, Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax of the 50 states. With this increase, Missouri would move up to 33rd.