Legislators Pass Cigarette Tax Hike

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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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