Cigarette Tax

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Smokers would pay more for their cigarettes under a proposal endorsed Monday by a panel appointed by Governor Steve Beshear.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform gave an initial OK to increasing the cigarette tax to $1 a pack from the current 60 cents.

The news wasn't welcomed at Bo's Smoke Shop in Lawrenceburg, where the price for a pack of the most popular Marlboro cigarettes would increase to $5 a pack.