Increase In Cigarette Tax Being Proposed

West Virginia Delegate Mitch Carmichael is pushing for a bill to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by a dollar.

He believes the increase will lower the number of teen smokers.

The Legislature upped the cigarette tax from 17 cents to 55 cents in 2003.

A report indicates the number of teen smokers in West Virginia has declined by 28% in the last five years.

Delegate Carmichael also believes the increase could help eliminate the food sales tax.

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