Health advocates made another push to raise the state’s cigarette tax Wednesday as lawmakers remain at odds over how much more smokers should contribute to health programs or car-tag discounts.
Mississippi house and senate negotiators will try again next week to hammer out an agreement on how much to raise the cigarette tax after failing to do so on Tuesday. At a public forum in Biloxi on Wednesday, much of the discussion centered on how talks in Jackson the day before had gone nowhere.
Roy Mitchell with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program talks about the importance of passing the cigarette tax in Jackson.
As state Senate and House negotiators were working to bridge an 11-cent gap in cigarette tax proposals Tuesday, public health advocates were rallying for the increased tax in Tupelo.
Some leading state health advocates are touring Mississippi to gain public support on encouraging lawmakers to agree on a final state cigarette tax.
A statewide coalition of Public Health Advocates want lawmakers to pass a cigarette tax increase.