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High Number of West Virginians in Favor of Higher Cigarette Taxes

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -

A survey of West Virginia adults shows 60 percent would favor higher cigarette taxes if the revenue would benefit public health.

According to the Associated Press, 43 percent support an increase of $2 per pack or more.

The 2012 survey of 2,132 smokers and non-smokers was recently released by researchers at West Virginia University's School of Public Health.

The Adult Tobacco Survey asked whether people favored a conditional increase and how much.

Right now, tax is just 55 cents, the 44th-lowest in the U.S. Only North Carolina, North Dakota, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia and Missouri have lower taxes.

In 2011, a bill to raise West Virginia's tax by $1 died. Investigator Valerie Frey McClung says higher prices deter young people from using tobacco and encourage adults to cut back or stop.

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