Cigarette sales down 25% in past year, but state tax revenue up $133 million

By Stetson PayneTulsa WorldAlthough people bought fewer cigarettes in Oklahoma in fiscal year 2019, the state reportedly collected more than $100 million more than the previous year in part thanks to the $1 cigarette tax that went into effect July 1, 2018.
Oklahomans bought about 59 million fewer packs of cigarettes the last fiscal year, equal to about a 25% drop, according to a statement from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Paula Ross, communications director for Tax Commission, said in an email the cigarette tax, which helped contribute to a teacher pay raise, directly led to $133 million in additional tax revenue.Read more on NewsOK.com

By Stetson Payne
Tulsa World

Although people bought fewer cigarettes in Oklahoma in fiscal year 2019, the state reportedly collected more than $100 million more than the previous year in part thanks to the $1 cigarette tax that went into effect July 1, 2018.

Oklahomans bought about 59 million fewer packs of cigarettes the last fiscal year, equal to about a 25% drop, according to a statement from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Paula Ross, communications director for Tax Commission, said in an email the cigarette tax, which helped contribute to a teacher pay raise, directly led to $133 million in additional tax revenue.
Read more on NewsOK.com

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