Smokers Could See $1 Increase In Tax - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/03

Smokers Could See $1 Increase In Tax

Smoking could soon be a lot more expensive habit. That's if anti-smoking activists get their way.

They are pressing Texas Lawmakers for a dollar-a-pack hike in the state cigarette tax. Wednesday, the American Cancer Society delivered petitions in Austin with 10,000 signatures of people in support of the tax.

If approved, the money could help make up for the state's $10-billion budget shortfall. The American Cancer Society says its survey of Texas Republican primary voters shows almost 73% support of the tax

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