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Colorado to vote in Nov. whether to triple cigarette tax

Cigarette tax to go on November ballot

DENVER - Colorado voters will decide whether to triple state cigarette taxes to discourage youth from taking up the habit and raise an estimated $315 million next year for anti-tobacco and other health campaigns.
    
An initiative approved Monday for the November ballot would raise the state tax from 84 cents to $2.59 per pack. Voters last raised cigarette taxes in 2004.
    
The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado, a coalition of health groups and professionals, is sponsoring the initiative.
    
It collected signatures to put the question to voters after cigarette sales in Colorado rose last year - the first time that happened since the 2004 tax increase.


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