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Cigarette Tax Increase Effective on July 1, 2018

On June 22, the Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidated an attempt to repeal the tax package that include a cigarette tax that the state adopted earlier this year. The repeal effort was lead by an anti-tax group created by former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, as part of a process whereby if enough signatures are gathered, a repeal vote can be placed on the ballot for voters.

In its decision, the court cited deceiving and confusing language in the petition, and ordered that the group start over with a rewritten petition if they wish to continue with their repeal attempt. However, the originally July 18 deadline for signature collection will remain in place, leaving very little time to collect the 42,000 signatures needed.

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With this victory, the $1.00 per pack cigarette tax will now go into effect on July 1. The tax will not only help pay to improve the education system in the state, it will also prevent thousands of teenagers from ever taking up smoking, and push thousands of adults to quit. You can read more from the Tulsa World -- http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/tax-hike-bill-to-fund-teacher-pay-raises-will-stand/article_f514347c-5a9b-51a9-9c2a-7a93d0bd5e12.html. 

You're The Cure,

Jordan Endicott
Senior Government Relations Director
Jordan.Endicott@heart.org

 

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