By Stetson Payne
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.
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