Posts tagged: Missouri

Missouri Lawmaker Wants Statewide Vote on Cigarette Tax Increase

Tweet JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House member Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) wants voters to raise the state’s cigarette tax by 81 cents per pack. Currently, Missouri’s 17-cent cigarette tax is the lowest in the country; Kelly’s proposal would increase it to 98 cents per pack. Kelly outlined his plan to a House committee last Thursday, according to the report. Kelly proposed a future statewide vote in which state residents ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking still allowed in Missouri’s legislative offices

Tweet Smoke-free is becoming the norm in workplaces across Missouri. But in state government, you can still light up in one office building: the Capitol. The House and Senate allow smoking in representatives’ and senators’ office suites on all four floors of the Capitol, as well as in a members-only gallery at the rear of the third-floor House chamber. Now, that policy is coming under attack from health-conscious legislators in both p ... Jump to full article >>

Missouri is one of the most tobacco-friendly states, a new federal study finds

Tweet Maybe we should call Missouri the “Smoke Me” state. Whether it’s at home or at work or at the convenience store checkout counter, Missourians live in a state that is one of the most tobacco-friendly places in the nation. That’s according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that ranks states on their tobacco control efforts. At just 17 cents per pack, Missouri has the second-lowest state tobacco tax, afte ... Jump to full article >>

Time for states to clear the air: Smoking bans save money and lives

Tweet Snuffing out smoking in public places has moved a step closer to reality in Missouri. That’s news worth cheering, even if lawmakers may not rush to approve a smoke-free law in 2010. The conversation has to start somewhere, and newly introduced House Bill 1766 gets a lot of things right. It would prohibit smoking in restaurants, bars and casinos. It would take precedence over weaker, existing smoke-free laws, including those in Kansas City ... Jump to full article >>