Cigarette Tax Increase Up For Public Discussion

Secretary of State Jason Kander says two initiative petitions proposing an increase tax on cigarettes are now open for public comment.  There is a nickel per pack increase being proposed as well as a ten-cent tax increase.  The additional revenue would be used for the sole purpose of providing funding for treatment and prevention of childhood cancer.  If passed, one of the proposals would go into effect January 1, 2017.   People have 30 days to offer their opinions on the initiatives online, by mail or phone. Visit the Secretary of State’s website to learn more.