A lot of good could come from smoking after all. That especially would be true if Missouri raised the lowest tax on cigarettes in the country to fund early childhood education in the state.
The tax of 17 cents a pack of cigarettes would increase to 67 cents under a proposal being pushed by the Raise Your Hand for Kids campaign. The group estimates it annually would provide $250 million, The Kansas City Star reports.
That’s in addition to the sin tax boost making the cost of smoking cigarettes higher, which might dissuade young people from starting the health-threatening habit. Raising the cigarette tax even for a good cause like early childhood education, which the public supports, won’t be easy.
In Missouri it has stayed stubbornly low despite three attempts since 2002 to increase it. Even at 67 cents a pack, the tobacco tax would be lower than Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma.