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Backers of a tax increase on cigarettes in Missouri say it will raise an estimated 283 million dollars in new revenue.
In Springfield, leaders from the city's two major hospitals were joined by the business community urging support for adding 83 cents to the price for a pack.
Cox Health spokeswoman Stacy Fender tells KTTS News the tax would provide funding for a University of Missouri med school campus in Springfield where more than a hundred students would receive two years clinical training.
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce estimates the clinic would generate 35 hundred new jobs and pump nearly 400 million dollars in the state's economy.
Voters will decide the issue November 6th.
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