State sales tax to increase by a penny on Friday
Posted on 3/31/2016 2:53:00 AM.

Tomorrow the state sales tax will increase from four cents to five cents until June 30, 2018. LSU Marketing Professor Dr. Dan Rice expects some people looking to make a major purchase will try to get that out of the way before the increase goes into effect. But he says this likely won’t change consumer’s purchasing habits.
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Cigarette taxes could go up this year
Posted on 2/10/2016 10:43:00 AM.

State lawmakers have started filing bills for the special session, and one of the first measures proposed would increase the state tax on a pack of cigarettes another 22-cents to $1.08 per pack. West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman says this tax will generate more state revenue and could save money on healthcare if the tax encourages people to quit smoking.
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Smoking Cessation Trust has tips to help smokers quit in 2016
Posted on 1/1/2016 2:48:00 AM.

The Smoking Cessation Trust is offering tips to Louisiana smokers to help them quit in 2016. Spokesperson Jim Pittman says any resident that started smoking before September 1, 1988 is eligible for free programs and services, including cessation medication, nicotine replacement therapy, and counseling. He says there are also several other recommendations for those who want to quit.
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Cigarette tax bill goes to conference committee
Posted on 6/9/2015 12:38:00 PM.
The state House has sent legislation that would raise the tax on cigarettes to a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers.  The House passed the measure raising the tax to 68 cents per pack.  
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Cigarette tax increase clears Senate Finance for double what House approved
Posted on 6/3/2015 9:57:00 AM.
The Senate Finance Committee approves a bill that would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes 64 cents which is 32 cents higher than what the House agreed to.  
 
The panel also agreed to increase the tax on cigars and vaping products which the bill's author, Bogalusa Representative Harold Ritchie, supports.

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New bill would create harsher penalities for littering cigarette butts
Posted on 3/13/2014 2:17:00 AM.
A proposed new law that would create stricter penalties for littering cigarettes, will be discussed during this current legislative session. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says the idea came up  after there would be a monthly roadside clean-up and thousands of cigarette butts had to be scooped up.
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