SC cigarette tax could rise

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March 3, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C.---A big battle is shaping up in South Carolina over plans to raise the state cigarette tax.

The Senate is considering adding 45 cents per pack to the current tax of seven cents. Tobacco companies are giving money to lobby against the idea.

Supporters say the money would go towards tax credits that will help people buy health insurance. However, the Senate minority leader says the money should first go to the state's children's health care insurance through Medicaid.