State lawmakers are expected to take up a bill Tuesday that would raise the cigarette tax by a dollar a pack.
If the legislation is approved, the extra tax money would bring in millions of dollars to the state to help fund smoking related healthcare expenses.
The bill was introduced by Representative J.A. Hines. He tells us he doesn't expect any action on the proposal until after the governor's final budget is released.
Right now, the state charges an extra 77 cents a pack.