Smokers would feel the pinch if the per pack tax in Missouri were to jump from 17 cents to 67 cents to help fund early childhood education in the state. The benefit is children would more prepared to start kindergarten, and fewer young people want to start smoking because of the higher cost.
Smokers would feel the pinch if the per pack tax in Missouri were to jump from 17 cents to 67 cents to help fund early childhood education in the state. The benefit is children would more prepared to start kindergarten, and fewer young people want to start smoking because of the higher cost. File photo The Kansas City Star
Smokers would feel the pinch if the per pack tax in Missouri were to jump from 17 cents to 67 cents to help fund early childhood education in the state. The benefit is children would more prepared to start kindergarten, and fewer young people want to start smoking because of the higher cost. File photo The Kansas City Star

Raising tobacco tax in Missouri would benefit early childhood education

March 31, 2015 11:51 AM

UPDATED March 31, 2015 07:17 PM

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