BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota Rep. Eliot Glassheim quit smoking cigarettes when the cost a pack rose by a dime decades ago. Now the Grand Forks Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would increase state tax on a pack of smokes from 44 cents to $1.
It's one of several bills lawmakers are set to weigh this week during the legislative session.
State and federal data show North Dakota ranks 46th among states in the amount of tax smokers pay. New York charges the most at $4.35.
Glassheim says the increased cigarette tax would add $15 million to $20 million annually to the state's general fund. But he says that's not why he's pushing HB1387.
He says the point of it is not to raise money, but to ``help people to stop smoking.''