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Advocates seek to quintuple Missouri cigarette taxes

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | 8:13 a.m. CDT; updated 8:58 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

KANSAS CITY —

Health advocates want to raise Missouri's cigarette taxes by 80 cents per pack.

The American Cancer Society and a coalition of health, education and business groups on Tuesday filed a ballot initiative with the secretary of state's office.

The Kansas City Star reported that the groups will have to collect more than 90,000 signatures by May to get the measure on the ballot, most likely for the November 2012 general election.

Similar proposed cigarette tax increases failed at the polls in 2002 and 2006.

Missouri has the lowest cigarette excise tax in the nation — 17 cents per pack. The average for all states is $1.46 per pack.

The Cancer Society estimates the tax increase would raise about $308 million a year in new revenue.


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Dillard Medlock September 21, 2011 | 11:20 a.m.

Another example of taxation without representation. Just another way of robbing people under the cover of "we care" as a slogan. This should be totally illegal.

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Robin Nuttall September 21, 2011 | 3:00 p.m.

@Dillard, um.... if it's a petition drive, and they get 90,000 signatures, and it's put on the ballot, and it passes, isn't that pretty much the definition of taxation WITH representation?

Not to say it will be successful, it has a long way to go. But it's not as if the legislature is mandating a tax increase without voter input. THAT would be taxation without representation.

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Richard Saunders September 21, 2011 | 4:14 p.m.

Well, this should help stem the C-store robbery spree. Or maybe they'll just have to start cooking meth in order to afford a pack of smokes.

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