A new Washington University School of Medicine study finds as cigarette taxes go up — heavy smoking goes down.
The measure on the November ballot would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax to 90 cents. It currently is 17 cents.
“I don’t expect to be active in anyway in that campaign and we’ll await the verdict of Missourians this fall,” Nixon said.
The measure would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents beginning January.
The $2.7 billion package of cuts and taxes is designed to repair a long-term deficit in the state’s Medicaid program.
American Cancer Society spokesperson hopes a proposed increase in Missouri cigarette taxes will cause people to quit smoking
The dollar-per-pack increase will apply to cigarettes and a few other smoking devices, but not chewing tobacco or “moist snuff”.
The $1 per pack increase is expected to bring the state of Illinois $350 million in additional revenue.
Would cost a dollar a pack more
“2.7 million [people on Medicaid] will be going through an annual redetermination process to make sure they’re still eligible for Medicaid.”