Senate approves increase in state cigarette tax

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Senate voted Thursday to increase the tax on tobacco products to 49 cents a pack, up 31 cents from the current rate.

The house voted earlier this month to increase the tax bu 1 dollar a pack.

Taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco would not change.

Now the house and senate go into conference to work out their differences. The governor said he supports an increase of 24 cents a pack.