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Missouri cigarette tax increase on November ballot

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The cost of cigarettes could be on the way up in Missouri if voters say yes to a 73-cent tax hike on November 6th.

Supporters of Proposition B say the increase would bring more than 400-million dollars to fund local schools and anti-tobacco programs.

But, not everyone is on board with the idea.

Stacy Meyers, who manages Smoker's Outlet in West Quincy, has been greeting her customers recently by informing them about the proposal to raise cigarette taxes.  

"All of our customers that come in we ask them if they are Missouri voters, if they are we pass out the flyers to them and if they are not and they know Missouri customers then we pass out extra flyers to pass out to the people over here in Missouri," said Meyers.

Meyers worries if the 73 cent tax increase does get passed on the November 6th ballot, she will lose customers because they won't be getting as much of a discount anymore coming across the river.

"I can't say it won't hurt us because I believe it will, but we are hoping not bad. We have a lot of the same customers that have been here for years since they have been open and I know they will still be with us, but I don't know how many new comers will continue to have," said Meyers.

 Across the bridge in Illinois, stores selling cigarettes have a different take than their West Quincy counterparts.

"I think that it is going to increase our sales a lot. I think more people are going to come here and not go across the bridge," said Connie Smith who works at Phillip's 66 in Quincy.

Regardless of whether the tax hike passes, many Illinois residents said the prices will still be lower in Missouri and they will keep taking the trip over the river.

" I will because it will probably still be cheaper than the Illinois taxes," said Janet Johnson.

 

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