Large majority of Hoosiers support raising Indiana cigarette tax

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A new poll shows Indiana voters of all party and political affiliations strongly support raising the state's cigarette tax by $2 a pack.

Officials say 70 percent of voters support the cigarette tax increase with some revenue being dedicated to tobacco prevention programs.

The poll also finds that two-thirds of voters are more likely to support a state legislator who supports a tobacco tax increase.

Officials say the tax is a smart solution to improve Indiana's critically poor public health rankings and save Hoosier lives.