No blowing smoke: Group discusses SC cigarette tax

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Doctors and an anti-smoking group discuss efforts to raise South Carolina's 7-cent-a-pack cigarette tax that is the lowest in the nation.

Representatives of the South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative and doctors gather at the Medical University of South Carolina on Monday to talk about increasing the tax and the need for money for tobacco-use prevention.

Budget writers in the state House of Representatives have approved plans to increase the tax by 30 cents a pack.

That plan would raise more than $88 million with $85 million of that to be used for a reserve fund to cover future Medicaid costs.

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