Proposition B, which raises the state's tobacco tax by 73 cents, will be on the ballot this November.
Smokers say this is just another attempt to punish them with an unfair tax. Proponents say it levels the playing field because when people smoke, everyone pays.
Rollin Tobacco owner Larry Clark says tobacco sellers and consumers are paying enough.
"I mean, they are taxing tobacco to death. They've got to find other ways."
Right now, Missourians pay the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack.
"If they are taxed another 73 cents, I mean, when does it quit?"
Quitting is just what
"I quit smoking when it went up last time," says Marian Rosemann. "I might quit smoking again."
Proposition B Proponents like Stephen Hall with the American Heart Association says this proposal benefit the entire state.
"It would help us solve a host
of problems here in
Hall says the group proposes that the $283 million generated annually from the tax would be divided this way:
20 percent to prevention and cessation programs for smokers who want to quit and to keep kids from starting to smoke
50 percent to
30 percent to
"We actually started this business hoping it would be something our son and grandson could continue on with."