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Kansas panel to recommend statewide smoking ban, tobacco tax increase

Publication Date: 10/15/2007
  • Author:David Klepper
  • Publication:Kansas City (MO) Star

Talk of banning public smoking in Kansas has been revived — again.

The Kansas Health Policy Authority Board probably will recommend a ban and a 50-cent per-pack tobacco tax increase when it votes on final recommendations today. Lawmakers told the panel to research solutions to the state’s health-care ills. A final report will be submitted next month.

Neither idea is new to lawmakers: Bills to increase tobacco taxes and implement a statewide ban have failed before. Usually, they never make it to a vote.