Indiana cigarette taxes are currently the lowest in the Midwest. Daniels proposed a per-pack increase of 25 cents, with the primary aim of "reducing the percentage of...young Hoosiers who smoke cigarettes."
"All the evidence shows that the most effective way to deter young smokers is at the cash register," he said.
At least a few area legislators have expressed reservations over the tax hike. District 39 Sen. John Waterman characterized the proposed increase as "a poor man's tax," and Rep. Vern Tincher (D-Riley) publicly questioned the hike in a Jan. 13 press release.
"I am disturbed that the governor provides no use for the revenue raised by this tax increase, but simply says he wants to raise taxes," he said.
We asked customers at the Brazil BP Amoco for their take on the proposed cigarette tax increase.