Cigarette tax increase option

A pack of cigarettes at a convenience store near the Mississippi capital costs about $4.99 including tax. If the legislature chooses one possible option for a cigarette tax increase the same pack could run $5.31.
The pressure for a state tobacco tax increase has been building for months with health advocacy groups urging the legislature to make the cost of smoking higher as a way of pricing smokers out of the habit.
Some legislators followed through, drafting bills to raise taxes from the current 68 cents per pack to at least one dollar.
None of these bills survived, but a bond bill that is still surviving gives legislators one more shot. It could be amended later for a cigarette tax increase.

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