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Cigarette tax generates $100 million despite sales drop


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans bought millions fewer cigarettes in the past fiscal year but a tobacco tax that began last July means the state collected more than $100 million from sales.

Tulsa World reports that, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, nearly 60 million fewer packs of cigarettes were sold in the fiscal year ending last Sunday, a roughly 25% drop from the prior year.

But commission director Paula Ross said the $1 per-pack cigarette tax generated $133 million in additional revenue, causing a net increase even with the sales decline.

Oklahoma Department of Health tobacco...

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