Cigarette Tax

Backers of a measure to raise the state's cigarette tax say they've received nearly $1.5 million in contributions.

If passed, Amendment 35 would raise the tax on cigarettes by 64 cents per pack. That would increase the tax from 20 cents to 84 cents.

Experts say the increase would raise an estimated $175 million a year which would go mostly toward health care for the poor and tobacco cessation programs.