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Missouri Tobacco Tax, Proposition A (2002)

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The Tobacco Tax Proposition, also known as Proposition A, was an initiated state statute on the November 5, 2002 election ballot in Missouri, where it was defeated.

  • It was one of two initiatives that appeared on the Missouri ballot in 2002; both failed.

Election results

Proposition A (Tobacco Tax)
Defeatedd No912,21050.9%
Yes 881,701 49.1%

Official results via: Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall Missouri law be amended to impose an additional tax of 2.75 cents per cigarette (fifty-five cents per pack) and 20 percent on other tobacco products, with the new revenues placed into a Healthy Families Trust Fund to be used for the following purpose: hospital trauma care and emergency preparedness; health care treatment and access, including prescription drug assistance for seniors and health care initiatives for low income citizens, women, minorities and children; life sciences research, including medical research and the proper administration of funds for such research; smoking prevention; and grants for early childhood care and education?
An additional tax of two and three-quarters cents per cigarette and an additional tax of twenty percent of the manufacturer's invoice price for tobacco products other than cigarettes would generate net annual state revenues of approximately $342,636,000; local fiscal impact, if any, is unknown.[1]

Path to the ballot

A Cole County Circuit Court ordered this measure onto the ballot on September 16, 2002. The Missouri Secretary of State had ruled earlier that insufficient signatures were submitted.

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