JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Anti-smoking and health care advocates are urging Missouri lawmakers to approve new tobacco legislation.

Supporters say the measure would require tobacco companies that were not part of the 1998 settlement with several states to start paying an allocable share.

Proponents of the legislation say exempting some tobacco companies is unfair.

Plus, they say it holds down the price of some of the cigarettes sold in Missouri.

The group planned a news conference Tuesday in the state Capitol.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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