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Prop B Draws Mixed Support from School District, Businesses

While a 73-cent cigarette tax increase would mean more money for schools, some Crestwood and Sunset Hills are concerned about its impact on their bottom line.

A handful of Crestwood and Sunset Hills businesses are against a proposed 73-cent increase on cigarette taxes. While Proposition B would generate millions of dollars for school funding, tobacco retailers say the measure will likely impact their sales.

Currently, smokers pay 17-cents tax per pack, which is the lowest cigarette tax in the country. Surrounding states all have higher cigarette taxes: Iowa $1.36 per pack, Illinois 98 cents per pack, Kentucky 60 cents per pack, Tennessee 62 cents per pack, Arizona $1.15 per pack, Oklahoma $1.03 per pack, Kansas 79 cents per pack and Nebraska 64 cents per pack. 

Voters will consider the tax increase on their Nov. 6 general election ballots. If Prop B is approved, it is expected to generate about $283 million a year. Twenty percent of proceeds would go toward tobacco prevention efforts, 30 percent could go to higher education and 50 percent would go to public school districts. 

Funds would be distributed to K-12 schools based on average daily attendance. The first year of funding would be in the 2013-14 school year. 

The proposition has been embraced by several public school districts. Last week the Lindbergh School District Board of Education passed a 6-1 resolution to support the proposition, according to a report from South County Times.

The proposition is opposed by the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, which says this would hurt Missouri's competitive advantage against other states. Several area convenience stores and tobacco outlets are supporting the Petroleum Marketers’ stance, including two Circle K convenience stores in Crestwood and Sunset Hills, BP Gasoline at Lindbergh and Gravois, and a cigar shop in Crestwood.

Signs opposing Prop B have been displayed at BP Gasoline for about two weeks, said the store’s assistant manager.

“Our boss put it up because we sell Decade…. They said with the price getting raised like that, Decades would be the same price as Marlboro’s, which would defeat the purpose of having a generic,” Paul Bolin said.

Alcorn Imported Cigars, on Watson Road, said they can't get behind a tax that would significantly raise the price of nearly all of their products.

Other convenience stores near the state line believe it will deter purchases by out-of-state customers, according to KSPR News, in turn hurting their food and drink profits.

john davidson October 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Why not just raise vehicle registration costs across the board! Oh thats right this is meant to be a punitive tax against a minority known as smokers,those vile and evil folks who have been reduced via junk science studies to be less than intelligent,carriers of disease, Mass murderers of 50,000 non-smokers a year according to the Surgeon Generals office without any names or death certificates at all! If you believe the junk science and other armegeddon claims made by advocates of smoking bans about second hand smoke,you really should seek mental health help!
john davidson October 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Toxicol Rev. 2003;22(4):235-46. Idiopathic environmental intolerance: Part 1: A causation analysis applying Bradford Hill's criteria to the toxicogenic theory. Staudenmayer H, Binkley KE, Leznoff A, Phillips S. Source Behavioral Medicine, Multi-Disciplinary Toxicology, Treatment and Research Center, Denver, Colorado 80222, USA. hstaudenmayer@comcast.net Abstract Idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI) is a descriptor for a phenomenon that has many names including environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity and chemical intolerance. Toxicogenic and psychogenic theories have been proposed to explain IEI. This paper presents a causality analysis of the toxicogenic theory using Bradford Hill's nine criteria (strength, consistency, specificity, temporality, biological gradient, biological plausibility, coherence, experimental intervention and analogy) and an additional criteria (reversibility) and reviews critically the scientific literature on the topic. The results of this analysis indicate that the toxicogenic theory fails all of these criteria. There is no convincing evidence to support the fundamental postulate that IEI has a toxic aetiology; the hypothesised biological processes and mechanisms are implausible. ...
john davidson October 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Tobacco Control Scotland has admitted it has no record of any deaths or demonstrable harm caused to anyone from second hand smoke as the UK Govt pushes forward the idea of third hand smoke, aka Invisible Smoke, without any evidence at all. Bill Gibson, The International Coalition Against Prohibition (TICAP) chairman, was interested to know how many actual deaths and respiratory illnesses were recorded in Scotland from passive smoking, given the reported guesstimate 13,000 figure which is repeated parrot fashion year after year. He put in an FOI request and found that there wasn't one death or respiratory illnesses attributed to SHS or tobacco. Perhaps I should repeat that. Not one death has been recorded in Scotland as definitely related to tobacco smoking or passive smoking. http://patnurseblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/foi-shows-no-tobacco-related-deaths.html If we did the same the world over we would get the same answer. Remember this story from last year: B.S. Study: 600,000 People Die Worldwide From Secondhand Smoke Every Year http://grendelreport.posterous.com/bs-study-600000-people-die-worldwide-from-sec
john davidson October 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Or that the American Lung Association used OBAMACARE money to illegally lobby for these bans? http://webcache.googleusercont... Or Jefferson County, Alabama "JEFFERSON, COUNTY OF Jefferson County Department of Health, Alabama $13.3 Million (Obesity $6.3 Million, Tobacco $7 Million) Jefferson County's tobacco use prevention and cessation initiative will promote changes in policies to reduce smoking opportunities and reduce access to tobacco products. The county will encourage coverage of cessation services and products through worksite insurance and health policies." STIMULUS MONEY!!!!! You can't "PROMOTE CHANGES IN POLICIES" without L-O-B-B-Y-I-N-G! http://www.recovery.gov/Transp... How about the $1.3 million in STIMULUS MONEY that got Michigan's smoking ban? ILLEGAL!!! "The MDCH Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control has received CDC Recovery Act funding for all three components. In component I, the first policy focus is implementation of a comprehensive state-wide smoke-free air law. Initially, strategies will support passage of a smoke-free bill and subsequently will promote compliance and evaluation of the smoke-free air law." http://www.recovery.gov/Transp... These are the REAL stories!!! Money borrowed from CHINA, that my great grandchildren's grandchildren will be repaying FOR ILLEGAL LOBBYING! Thanks from ICHOOSEFREEDOM at Dr siegels blog http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/10/san-rafael-bans-smoking-on-downtown.html
PaulRevere October 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Fix the Education Problem-! Not Support it! BORN--"Mini-STATE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL" Well this is How our "Free Public Schools" continue to "sponge" the People. Taxes should be for the benefit of "ALL THE PEOPLE". I am Not a smoker. So why does this Cigarette tax increase now fully support "public schools"? Current 17 cents-How allocated? At least the increased tax should be allocated the same way. Instead, our Democrats in Government have found a new way to make our Public schools the next "QUASI STATES" of America. Better vote this TAX down. All non-smokers Vote- NO! Alcohol and Hard liquor Cause over (60,000??) Deaths a year. A large "Drinking" Tax increase would better serve DWI or drunken related accidents to society. A fund reimbursing Drunken driving victims is better for all Missourians. I bet such an increase on that "sin" tax would get less than 20% approval. (Because we all would pay that "sinTax") Taxing only "some" people is not fair. (Especially, if the tax goes for a certain service that All society needs). It is morally wrong. It is unfair and immoral to support our Public schools with any "sin tax". Casino's revnues already support our public schools. That, my friends is living off "sin Tax". We cannot afford Public education, and society is now on the "sin Tax' binge. Fix the Problem. Not support it. "Legal Prostitution" TAXsupport for Public schools. PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE TO SIPHON MISSOURI's TAX REVENUES --In the name of "Education".

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