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$1 per pack tax hike on cigarettes opposed by convenience stores

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana convenience store owners say a proposed $1 tax hike on every pack of cigarettes would devastate their businesses. Members of the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association, including President Joe Lackey, testified against the cigarette tax increase in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Monday. The Senate Appropriations Committee […]

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Health leaders want to raise cigarette tax, smoking age

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of Indiana health and business professionals is asking lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax and the legal smoking age with the goal of improving the health of Hoosiers. “If Indiana was a patient, we would say that she in critical condition,” Anthem President Rob Hillman said. In […]