Cigarette Tax Passes State House, Senate

Nashville, Tenn. (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-(b) 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.

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  • by STACEY Location: MARYVILLE on Jun 5, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    WITH A BUDGET SURPLUS BREDESEN NEEDED YET MORE MONEY, WHO IS THIS TAX NAZI COMING AFTER NEXT?
  • by Billie Location: Knoxville, TN on Jun 5, 2007 at 01:50 PM
    Now that they have raised the tax on cigarettes again, let's do away with the fund raisers that are said necessay in schools to fund certain functions. The cigarette tax is suppose to take care of these needs, but I wonder just exactly where a lot of this money will end up???? I am a non-smoker. I say let's add some additional tax to alcohol also, let's be fair about things.
  • by Mary Location: Knoxville on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    Maybe we should tax alcohol too. At least smoking is legal. Alcohol kills people for sure.
  • by Don Location: Sevierville on Jun 5, 2007 at 04:37 AM
    I think Smokers of NonFilter Cigarettes should get some kind of tax break from that Law, Because They dont leave all those cigarette buts al over the place.... Less Litter = Less Tax
  • by carol Location: knoxville,tn. on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:44 PM
    i think its a shame to increase the tax,i bet if bredesen smoke,it would not pass.

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