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Missouri Ballot Initiatives: A Tale of Two Tobacco Taxes 

by Mark Hughes 

Missouri’s cigarette tax, at 17 cents-per-pack, is the nation’s lowest. This makes the tax an irresistible target for advocates who want to raise money for public uses.

This year two initiative petitions to raise the cigarette tax have been approved by the secretary of state, circulated by supporters and turned in to have signatures verified by local election authorities.

Missourians approved the initiative process in 1908 to

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