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Missouri Attorney General Opposes Tobacco Tax Petition

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says he opposes an initiative petition to raise the tobacco tax to fund smoking cessation programs and healthcare. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

State lawmakers have not used any money from the tobacco settlement for anti-smoking efforts.

Speaking on Missouri Public Television's program Jeff City Journal, Nixon said the public should not give lawmakers more money when they haven't demonstrated a willingness to use the money they have properly.

Nixon says while other states have used tobacco settlement funds to reduce teen smoking, Missouri has used the money to plug holes in the budget.