"South Carolina has the fourth-lowest tobacco tax in the nation, and many healthcare experts believe this low tax encourages people to smoke by keeping the price of cigarettes artificially low. ... Increasing this state's cigarette tax to the national average makes sense if the new revenue becomes a dedicated source of funding for Medicaid. South Carolina gets three federal dollars for each dollar it puts up for Medicaid. ... Lawmakers should provide this critically needed healthcare program a reliable funding source, and by doing so they would take a little pressure off other aspects of the state budget."
-Greenville (S.C.) News