Missouri Reacts to Tobacco Tax on November Ballot - KOAM TV 7

Missouri Reacts to Tobacco Tax on November Ballot


"You know we're calling it a sin tax. We're taxing somebody's quote sin, and what I'm thinking is what's going to be next. Are we going to tax soda, are we going to tax potato chips, what are we going to tax next."

Representative Charlie Davis is against the cigarette tax proposal.  The tax would phase in an increase of sixty cents per pack. If implemented the extra tax will go toward early childhood education. Joplin resident Ricky Moon is for the extra cost.  

"I'm all for education. If you can help any child out help them out. I mean I smoke cigarettes too I hate to see them raise up, but like I said if they use it for the education I'm all for it. I mean a lot of people would be for it, but only if they use it for that not for something else."

Representative Charlie Davis believes the money should go to help people kick the habit.  

"I would be much more in favor of a cigarette tax if that money were to go to smoking cessation or cancer treatment not using a tax on cigarettes for educational benefits or something of that sort."

Joplin resident Rick Sasek says he'd tax alcohol instead of cigarettes even though the tax for tobacco hasn't changed since 1998.

"I think they should raise it on alcohol or something else because i worked at a liquor store about 20 years ago and it isn't much more now than it was then."

Voters will get the chance for the final say on November 8th.

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