Eye On Olympia

THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2005, 6:05 P.M.

Please smoke…for the kids…

Rep. Rodney Tom, R-Bellevue, wants to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from $1.42 to $2.50.

The more-expensive smokes would likely prompt 98,000 Washingtonians to give up smoking, Tom estimates.

The additional tax from those that keep smoking would raise $150 million dollars a year for health care and an anti-smoking campaign.




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