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Raising cigarette tax goes on state task force lists

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published June 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Staton Breidenthal Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rep. Mathew Pitsch, R-Fort Smith, listens Wednesday to testimony during a meeting of the Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force. Pitsch won a runoff primary election Tuesday for Senate District 8 and will be in the Nov. 6 general election.

Some members of the Legislature's tax-overhaul task force want to explore the possibility of raising the state's excise tax on cigarettes, including an increase of 15 cents a pack, to raise more revenue to compensate for cutting income taxes.

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MaxCady says... June 23, 2018 at 10:12 a.m.

I say make them $15 a pack. If you want to kill yourself you should have to pay for your care when you inevitably get sick from smoking.

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CartoonDude says... June 23, 2018 at 3:35 p.m.

I guess cutting spending is out of the question.

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NoUserName says... June 23, 2018 at 3:49 p.m.

Actually, Travis, obesity is the #1 driver of health care costs. Undoubtedly you are therefore for increased taxes on things that are 'unhealthy' for you, correct? Second, there was a European study oh, several years now, that showed growing old cost MORE in health care than did smoking. Getting old is expensive, don't ya know. Charge the old more, too, right? Look, if all the smokers up and quit, every state in this country would be f**ked. A lot of state budgets are balanced with tobacco taxes. So be careful what you wish for.

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MaxCady says... June 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Just because you get old doesn't mean you have to get sick. If people would take better care of themselves, especially around here, we wouldn't have the metabolic syndrome related illness/obesity. In New York, cigarettes are $13 a pack. You should check out Virta Health and Fresh Food Farmacy program.

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