Bill would raise Kansas tobacco sales tax
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.