Bill would raise Kansas tobacco sales tax

Published On: Feb 19 2014 02:59:24 PM CST
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Jessica Naziri/CNN

TOPEKA, Kan. -

Smokers in Kansas could soon be paying more for tobacco products.

The House is considering a bill that would triple the state tax on cigarettes from $0.79 to $2.29 per pack. The increase on other tobacco products would rise from 10-percent to 78-percent.

Kansas' cigarette sales tax falls well below the national average. The $0.79 tax ranks 36th in the country. The national average is almost double at $1.53 per pack.

Missouri's cigarette sales tax is the lowest in the country at $0.17. New York's is the highest at $4.35.

Kansas last raised its cigarette tax in 2002.

Rep. Don Hill, R-Emporia, introduced HB 2672. It is unclear when the bill will be brought up for debate.