High school students rallied at the state capital Tuesday and showed off hundreds of pairs of empty boots and shoes.
642 empty shoes were placed on the capital steps.
Members of an anti-smoking group say the shoes represent the number of Kentuckians who die each month from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
The young people say they want lawmakers to pass a bill that would raise the cigarette tax by 70 cents.
If the bill passes, the tobacco tax will increase to one dollar. The national average is $1.11.