WPR News
8:36 pm
Tue November 8, 2005

Tax On Smokes May Rise

Laramie, Wy – The tax on cigarettes in Wyoming is well below the national average. But, that could change during the next legislative session.
Nationwide the average cigarette tax is 92 cents a pack. Right now smokers in this state pay 60 cents. The legislature's health committee is mulling over a 40 cent increase. Representative John Hastert a member of the committee says the hope is to stop kids from starting to smoke. And cigarettes are a gateway drug, meaning people that use them often move on to more serious and hazardous drugs.
Hastert says this is not about money, but the revenue would go to helping people that cannot afford health care and the DARE program.