House Approves Cigarette Tax Increase

House Joins Senate In Raising Cigarette Tax

Nashville (AP) -- The Tennessee House Monday night joined the Senate in approving an increase of 42 cents in the state's cigarette tax.

It pushes the tax to 62 cents per pack effective next month.

The House vote was 59-to-35. The Senate passed the tax last week.

Governor Bredesen still must sign the bill, but he has called the tax the centerpiece of a half-billion-dollar plan to overhaul the state's complex school funding formula.

Tennessee currently has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation at 20 cents.

The national median is 80 cents per pack.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Dan Location: Ohio on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    Checking ID's on all beer and wine sales is just another dumb law made by political people that are just trying to avoid the real issues that need to be addressed. Way go hillbillys.
  • by Chris Location: Lake City on Jun 4, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    I do smoke and if they want to raise the tax, raise the tax. But I feel they should raise the tax on beer and alcohol. How many people are killed or injured by a drunk driver, what would the cost of drinking and driving for death or injury vs smoking be. My friend was hit by a drunk driver 14 years ago to date it has cost the goverment about $240,000.00.
  • by Brandy Location: Knoxville on Jun 4, 2007 at 12:28 PM
    I do smoke, I'm 31 years old and it's my choice to do so. It makes me angry that just because some people don't like it, think it's unhealthy or whatever that I get penalized for it. I don't mind not smoking in restaurants,bars, or any other public place. What I do mind is being told what I can and cannot do in my own home or car. I thought this was a free country. If you don't want to smoke, don't. I have to respect non-smokers rights, how about someone finally respect mine? I hear peple all the time say it's a disgusting habit, so is alcohol but I don't see that coming under attack. I don't use drugs, I don't drink, I pay my taxes, and I enjoy smoking cigarettes big deal. I think this second hand smoke business is a crock, but I understand the smoke and smell do bother some people. These same people don't have to be jerks about it.


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