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KCUR: Clearing the Smoke on Proposition B

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At just 17 cents per pack, Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country. A measure on this November’s ballot proposes changing that, raising it for the first time in two decades.


If it passes, Proposition B would raise between $300 million and $400 million in revenue. The funds would mostly go to K through 12 schools and higher education. A portion would also go to programs that help people quit smoking.

KCUR-FM reporter Elana Gordon talked to Proposition B’s supporters and opponents for this story.

KCUR 89.3 FM, part of the National Public Radio’s digital network, is licensed by UMKC.

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