10.9 billion cigarettes were bought in Missouri last year, 11.6 billion in Illinois.
A federal prison inmate has been ordered to spend an additional two and a half years behind bars for his role in a scheme to smuggle cigarettes in to the prison.
St. Louis area Representative Jamilla Nasheed says in order to balance the shrinking state budget several new taxes need to be considered.
Ladue lawmaker also seeks to end income tax for the poor.
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The FDA can’t ban nicotine or tobacco, but can limit what goes into products.
The tax would target primarily smaller companies that sell cigarettes at the cheapest prices.
The organization says it wants to improve the health of its employees and set an example.