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Fee on off-brand cigarettes suggested

Tweet AUSTIN — A state facing a severe budget shortfall might be missing an easy opportunity to increase revenue and finance public health costs at the same time, said a spokesman for big tobacco. Texas is only one of two states that do not impose a fee on off-brand cigarettes sold by companies that didn’t participate in the historic tobacco settlement a decade ago. Also, Texas levies only a 2-cent tax on a pack of “little cigars ... Jump to full article >>