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Health groups pushing increase for cigarette tax

Health groups pushing increase for cigarette tax



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A pack of cigarettes would cost $1.30 more under a proposal with broad support that would raise money for health-care programs in Utah.

Fifteen health organizations, including the American Cancer Society, will push at the proposal at the Legislature next year. They said they planned to roll out the proposal next week.

The tax hike would go to $2 from about 70 cents a pack of cigarettes. It would raise another $40 million annually -- money the sponsors want to spend to improve public-health services and offer more quit-smoking programs.

One lawmaker says there's a chance the tax hike will get approved. Others say they don't want to raise any taxes, period.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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