Should Missouri Raise its Tobacco Tax?

A proposed increase in the tobacco tax is one of the issues that voters will face during the general election on Nov. 6. Proposition B proposes to raise the current tobacco tax and dedicate the funds to smoking prevention and cessation programs, public schools and higher education. It is believed that an additional $283-$423 million would be added to the state’s revenues, with the increased tax.

The Missouri Catholic Conference has no position on this ballot measure, but is providing information from both sides of the issue for Catholic voters.

Click here to read a message from Misty Snodgrass, the legislative/government affairs director for the American Cancer Society, in support of the proposition.

Click here to read the opposition’s viewpoint, as written by Ronald J. Leone, the executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.


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