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Anti-Smoking Advocates Push For Higher Cigarette Tax

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A group of anti-smoking advocates are
calling on Kentucky lawmakers to boost the state's tax on
cigarettes by 70 cents per pack.

Health advocates say the higher tax could reduce overall smoking
in Kentucky, but especially among teens and pregnant women.

Health advocate Sheila Schuster says a House plan that calls for
raising the cigarette tax also has the added benefit of bringing in
additional state revenue.

Kentucky is facing a projected $900 million revenue shortfall
over the next two years. Because of that, Gov. Steve Beshear is
proposing an $18.5 billion two-year state budget that includes
significant cuts to government agencies and public colleges and
universities.


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