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Mo. anti-smoking group touts tobacco legislation

Mo. anti-smoking group touts tobacco legislation

March 29th, 2011 in News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Anti-smoking and health care advocates are urging Missouri lawmakers to approve legislation targeting cheap cigarettes.

The measure would require tobacco companies that were not part of a 1998 settlement with states to pay what bill supporters describe as their fair share of money into a trust fund. They say Missouri and Florida - which struck a separate settlement with tobacco companies - are the only states where some smaller tobacco companies are avoiding the payments.

A new group called "Citizens to Stamp out Cheap Cigarettes" held a news conference Tuesday at the Missouri Capitol suggesting the legislation could help lower the teen smoking rate by forcing up the price of some cigarettes.

A House committee endorsed the legislation Monday. Similar bills have failed in past years.


Tobacco bill is HB491