Alabama Cigarette Tax

If you buy cigarettes in Alabama, you could soon be spending more money to light up.

The Alabama House has voted to raise the tax on cigarettes by 16-and-a-half cents a pack.

The cigarette tax passed on a 52-to-42 vote in the House so the next step is for it to go before the Senate.

The goal of this tax is to raise $58 million a year to fund Alabama’s Medicaid program.

This possible raise in Alabama cigarette prices is all part of an ongoing struggle by lawmakers to find general money to fund Alabama.

Many area smokers aren't happy about the possible increase.

Gov. Bob Riley has said he would not support such broad-based tax increases until lawmakers pass legislation to reform government.