Carl's Capitol Comments
August 25, 2017
Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided the $1.50 per pack smoking cessation fee the Legislature passed in May was unconstitutional.
Also known as the Smoking Cessation and Prevention Act of 2017, the measure was designed to lessen smoking-related health care costs and deter young people from beginning the deadly habit in the first place. The bill was projected to generate roughly $215 million annually, and that money would have been distributed primarily to three state agencies: the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse...