Mississippi lawmakers have approved the first cigarette tax increase in more than two decades.
Both chambers Wednesday passed the final version of a bill to raise the excise tax from 18 cents to 68 cents a pack.
The Senate vote was 40-4. The House vote was 102-18.
The 18-cent tax, the third lowest in the nation, has been in place since 1985.
Lawmakers said revenue from the tax would be used to replenish a car tag fund and help for other state services.
The bill is now headed to Gov. Haley Barbour, who said earlier Wednesday that he would sign it.
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