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Tobacco-tax increase in Arkansas pitched to raise $121M a year

Extra $1.50-a-pack levy will save money, lives, panel told

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Photographs by Staton Breidenthal

Rep. Mathew Pitsch, R-Fort Smith, listens Wednesday to testimony during a meeting of the Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force. Pitsch won a runoff primary election Tuesday for Senate District 8 and will be in the Nov. 6 general election.

Lawmakers should raise the state's tax on cigarettes by $1.50 a pack and use the added revenue of $121 million a year to help offset smoking-related costs and potentially finance tax cuts, an official for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network said Wednesday.

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Mongo419 says...

Tell any lie you want in the name of public health. Another cash grab.

Posted 21 June 2018, 9:06 a.m. Suggest removal

BensonHedges says...

Excuse me, I'm having a coughing fit--I'll write more later

Posted 22 June 2018, 7:40 a.m. Suggest removal

Winfield says...

What did the state do with the billions of dollars it got from the tobacco settlement to treat ill smokers, throw it away on some useless project instead? Let the state live within its means just as the rest of us have to do.

Posted 22 June 2018, 8:34 a.m. Suggest removal

Winfield says...

Reply to :BensonHedges.
Take a dose of strong cough syrup; that will stop your coughing spell. LoL.

Posted 22 June 2018, 8:37 a.m. Suggest removal

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