Would a higher tax on cigarettes deter people from smoking?
Health advocates want to raise Missouri's cigarette taxes by 80 cents a pack.
The American Cancer Society and a coalition of health, education and business groups on Tuesday filed a ballot initiative with the Missouri secretary of state's office.
Similar proposed cigarette tax increases have failed at the polls in 2002 and 2006.
Missouri has the lowest cigarette excise tax in the nation -- 17 cents per pack. The average for all states is $1.46 per pack.
Since the 2008 recession, states facing revenue shortfalls have turned to "sin taxes" to help replenish their coffers.
The State of Illinois recently increased taxes on candy, sweet tea, coffee and alcohol...expecting to generate $162 million to help its state budget.
Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania have considered "pole taxes" -- for buyers of pornography and patrons of strip clubs and escort services.
Since January 2009, 22 states have increased their tobacco taxes, according the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Will Missouri be next?