The Communities for a Clean Bill of Health (CCBH) applauds legislators for enacting a significant cigarette tax increase and the Governor for signing the bill into law. The 50 cent increase will go into effect on Friday, May 15.
the Senate and House took up HB 364 and both chambers passed a 68 cent cigarette tax that will provide much needed revenue for the state while leading to a reduction in youth smoking and general consumption.
The Conferees Agreement on Cigarette Tax Is a Step in the Right Direction. We Need Your Help To Make the 68 Cent Cigarette Tax a Reality. Call Your Legislator Today!
“We’re making an investment in healthy children, healthy lifestyles for Mississippians and we’re getting much needed revenue for the economy,” said Roy Mitchell, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.
The Senate and House conferees agreement to increase the cigarette tax to 68 cents is a win for Mississippi. While this proposal would retain the state far below the national average, this agreement is a step in the right direction. A 68 cent cigarette tax will provide much needed revenue for the state while leading to a reduction in youth smoking and general consumption.
The Communities for a Clean Bill of Health, a statewide coalition of public health advocates, will hold host a series public forums to discuss the importance of Mississippi passing a significant cigarette tax increase. Legislators, health advocates and physicians will be available to talk to the public.