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Competing forces look to raise the Missouri cigarette tax

Time and again, Missouri voters chose to keep the state’s cigarette tax the ... Saying it’s tired of fighting off big tobacco tax boosts, the organization proposes a small one. Advocates for a suite of early childhood programs want to add 50 cents ... read more

NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Push to Spend More to Curb Smoking

The state Senate is scheduled to cast a final vote Monday on a bipartisan-backed proposal to devote one percent of the tax revenue from all tobacco ... advocates said a commitment of some $7 million annually to these programs would be one way to help ... read more

Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead

That's left winemakers and their advocates appealing to Congress and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the federal agency in charge of alcohol regulation, hoping a solution can be found before a June 30 deadline. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ... read more

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Regulating E-Cigarettes Could Have Unintended Consequences

Proponents of such bans say second-hand vapor might be harmful and that electronic cigarettes glamorize smoking at a time when anti-smoking advocates have largely succeeded in stigmatizing it. Minnesota is the only state that taxes electronic cigarettes ... read more

CalPERS speeds up deadline to debate tobacco investments

Despite the toxic politics ... Meanwhile, retirees, public health advocates and environmental group representatives said the California Public Employees’ Retirement System should continue to shun tobacco or risk damaging its image and the public ... read more

Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco

Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative leaders reached a budget agreement Sunday that calls for $2 billion in new taxes and boosts spending for schools and property tax relief. The Democrats are relying on a tobacco ... continue pushing for sales tax ... read more

Record tax hike isn't fixing Illinois' problems

Yet last week lawmakers made deep cuts in health care for the poor, and this week they face tough votes to raise the cigarette tax ... Despite all that, the giant pile of unpaid bills that has loomed over state government for years is expected to keep ... read more

Advocates push for marijuana legalization in 2016

Supporters of legalization say they are drafting legislation to allow recreational pot cultivation and use, with a tax similar to those for alcohol and tobacco ... and has said he will advocate against it, despite admitting that he has smoked marijuana. read more

Rhode Island sets the stage for Vaping Pirates

As technology moves ahead, state-level plans for sin taxes rush to keep up with it ... something harm reduction advocates say will bankrupt the state’s vaping businesses and push former smokers back to deadly combustible cigarettes. read more

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