JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Anti-smoking and health care advocates urge state lawmakers to approve legislation targeting cheap cigarettes. The measure would require tobacco companies that were not part of a lawsuit settlement with states in 1998 to pay what bill supporters describe as their fair share of money into a trust fund.
A new group called “Citizens to Stamp out Cheap Cigarettes” held a news conference on 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 on Monday.
Similar bills have failed in past years.
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