Mississippi tobacco tax increase remains up in the air

Published: Feb. 26, 2018 at 10:46 AM CST
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A pack of Marlboros at a convenience store near the Mississippi Capitol costs about $4.99, which includes tax.

If the legislature chooses one possible option for a cigarette tax increase, the same pack could run $5.31.

The pressure for a state tobacco tax increase has been building for months, with health advocacy groups urging lawmakers to make the cost of smoking higher as a way of pricing smokers out of the unhealthy habit.

Some legislators followed through, drafting bills to raise taxes from the current 68 cents per pack to at least $1.

None of these bills survived, but a bond bill that is still alive gives legislators one more shot. It could be amended later for a cigarette tax increase.