Cigarette tax increase needed in Missouri
The Kansas City Star
No smoker enjoys seeing more young people getting hooked on tobacco.
Many wish they had never gotten started and think of the money they could have saved if they didn’t smoke.
That’s why a lot of people in November will support Missouri’s move to raise its cigarette tax from 17 cents, the lowest in the nation, to 90 cents. That’s still low compared with other states, however, the move is a start.
The national average is $1.49 a pack. The added cost in the Show Me State may deter some teens from starting to smoke at all.
Everyone in the state can take that to the bank in lower health care costs, increased longevity and higher productivity.