Rep. Nasheed Wants to Raise State Ciggie Tax

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At 17 cents a pack, Missouri's cigarette tax is the second lowest in the nation. Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis wants to almost double it to 33 cents.

Here's the bill, which hasn't been discussed in committee yet.

Nasheed, who's also proposed bringing the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back under city control, claims the ciggie tax hike would bring in an extra $90 million to the state.

Between this measly 16-penny tax hike and a toothless smoking ban, we don't want to hear any guff from the so-called "persecuted smoker"! (Although we suspect we might...)

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