Backers of cigarette tax hold events, emphasize economic impact

The group seeking to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax, which is currently the lowest in the nation, is holding town hall meetings across the state and trying to emphasize a clear, consistent message: It’s for the kids.

Raise Your Hand for Kids, the group eyeing a 2016 ballot measure to increase the state cigarette tax by about 50 cents per pack, anticipates opposition to that sort of tax hike in a Republican state. But the group is framing the tax as an investment in Missouri’s future, saying the $250 million it could generate annually would boost early-childhood programs that would pay off down the road.

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