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Cigarettes could get more expensive #billoftheday

By: Sarah Ulmer - February 8, 2019

This bill isn’t uncommon to the Mississippi Legislature, maybe this will be the year it passes.

HB 1573, a cigarette tax bill authored by Representative Jeff Smith, would increase the sales tax by about .08 cents per cigarette. That means each pack would now incur a sales tax of roughly $1.60.

The bill reads:

On cigarettes, the rate of tax shall be * * * Eight and Four-tenths Cents (8.4¢) on each cigarette sold with a maximum length of one hundred twenty (120) millimeters; any cigarette in excess of this length shall be taxed as if it were two (2) or more cigarettes. Provided, however, if the federal tax rate on cigarettes in effect on June 1, 1985, is reduced, then the rate as  provided herein shall be increased by the amount of the federal tax reduction. Such tax increase shall take effect on the first day of the month following the effective date of such reduction in the federal tax rate.

The motivation behind an increase on the cigarette sales tax has recently been the health of Mississippians. Studies have indicated that a higher cost for cigarettes promotes decreasing use of.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: