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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  • by theresa Location: meridian on May 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    Tobacco should be taxed higher than that due to the onset medical costs that emerge from smoking related illness.Also to deter our youth from picking up this addictive habit.
  • by Susan Location: Newton on May 7, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    Why dont they tax all tobacco products. Seems as they are picking on people that smoke which is unfair!
  • by George Location: Meridian on May 6, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    Good now I can quit smoking,I don't want those tax grubbing no goods over in Jackson getting one cent more from me...
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