Voters decide against sharp cigarette tax increase

KUSA - Amendment 72, a proposal that would triple taxes on tobacco products, failed in Colorado.

The current tax rate in the state is $.84 per pack of 20 cigarettes. The passage of Amendment 72 would have hiked that rate to $2.59.

ELECTION RESULTS

The new taxes would have raised more money than recreational marijuana currently does. The money would go to anti-tobacco and health campaigns, much of which would be awarded through state grants.

Opponents argued the amendment would be a blank check for  "programs that haven’t even been determined yet."

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