States grow addicted to tobacco tax

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

It seems one of the few things the Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick can agree on in the debate over the state’s 2014 fiscal year budget is a dollar-a-pack increase in the tobacco tax — the fifth time the tax has been increased since 1992…

Expert quote:

“We have a budget shortfall, but it’s not fair that smokers should be required to plug up the hole.”

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