South Carolina health insurance is affected by the many smokers in the state who smoke for less than the rest of the country. Smoking increases premiums and health risks.
Lawmakers want to tax sales of cigarettes to bring in new money for South Carolina health insurance social programs, smoking cessation programs, and schools. Currently, there is a proposal to raise the tax as high as $1.27 per pack.
Legistalators say the tax is needed to keep the medicaid program up and running. When a state enforces laws and programs like these the federal government provides for more state funding. So this change will in turn pay for more medicaid members allowing them to have South Carolina health insurance.