Secretary of State approves cigarette tax increase petition

photo of cigeretteJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Missouri News Horizon) – The heat is on to increase Missouri’s relatively low tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved a ballot referendum petition for circulation by the American Cancer Society.

Although several draft petitions have already been approved by the secretary of state for possible inclusion on next November’s ballot, cigarette tax increase proponents are trying to hedge their bets in 2012 by circulating multiple proposals.

Seven Initiative Petitions Relating to Local Taxes on Cigarettes or Tobacco Products Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot

December 29, 2011
Contact:  Ryan Hobart
Seven Initiative Petitions Relating to Local Taxes on Cigarettes or Tobacco ProductsApproved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot
Jefferson City, Missouri – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that seven initiative petitions relating to local taxes on cigarettes or tobacco products have met state standards for circulation.
The ballot title for the first two approved petitions reads:
    Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
•    allow voters in cities and counties to set and control local taxes on cigarettes or tobacco products within their city or county; and
•    use the proceeds of such taxes for local job creation, health care, public education, reduction and prevention of tobacco use, or other uses specifically approved by local voters?
This proposal has no fiscal impact (change in costs, savings, or revenues) for state and local governmental entities as it will only enact enabling legislation allowing the establishment of local tobacco taxes that may or may not be submitted to and approved by voters.

SLPS to Institute Tobacco-Free Campuses in 2012

St-Louis-Public-School-logoContact: Julie Linder
December 21, 2011

SLPS to Institute Tobacco-Free Campuses in 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO. December 21, 2011 – Starting January 1, 2012, the St. Louis Public School District will become a Tobacco-Free institution.

Approved by the Special Administrative Board, the Tobacco-Free Workplace Policy prohibits smoking at any time on District-owned, leased or occupied facilities or at events on SLPS properties.  Included in this policy is District-owned, rented or leased vehicles, parking facilities and lots.  Smoking is also prohibited in District buildings located near city/municipality owned sidewalks, within 20 feet of entry ways or exits, near air intakes, or near fire/explosion hazards. 

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