Research by RTI International states if Kentucky increases the cigarette tax to 70-cents per pack (the national average,) the state could raise $257 million in revenue.
Scott Lasler, an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, says businesses, like convenient stores, could be negatively affected by an increase.
He suggests an incremental increase or pairing a tax with a popular issue, like funding for education.
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