Advocates Call for 95 Cent Cigarette Tax Increase in Conn.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Health and youth advocates want Connecticut lawmakers to raise cigarette taxes by 95 cents a pack, saying it would reduce smoking and help close the state’s budget deficit.

Advocates called on the legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday to include the higher cigarette tax in the state’s new two-year budget.

Backers of the tax, including the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, say it would generate more than $50 million in state revenue. They also say it would prevent children from becoming smokers and prompt adults to quit.

The state’s current cigarette tax is $3.40 a pack.

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