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Policy Brief: Breathe Easy: Tobacco Tax Brings Better Health, New Revenue

February 10, 2011 by and

Each year, the use of tobacco claims the lives of thousands of West Virginians. The state currently has the nation’s highest smoking rate among adults and pregnant women and one of the highest among children. Currently only seven states have a lower tobacco tax than West Virginia. Bills (SB 362/HB 2973) introduced in the 2011 Legislative Session would raise the tobacco tax by $1.00 a pack. Read