On July 1, Missouri will have the cheapest smokes in the entire U.S. of A.
Previously, only South Carolina's excise tax was lower
. But last month, lawmakers there voted to increase it to 57 cents per pack. In Missouri, the bargain basement ciggie tax is still at 17 cents. Other cash-strapped states are generating huge amounts of revenue from their tax rates. What's wrong with Missouri?
Nothing, if you ask Show-Me
. They seem to like this state of affairs. In a post
on their blog today
, they point out a discrepancy: most American
adults don't smoke, but generally tend to favor high tobacco taxes. The
problem there: "those least directly affected by the tax feel justified
in imposing a
tax on those most affected."
Maybe, though we sure do have an
awful lot of smokers around these parts. According to a quick Daily
number crunch of federal
, Missouri has the sixth largest population of smokers among
the 50 states. Cough WHEEZE!
To see the poll indicating people's
preference for a heavier tax on
smokers, click here