N.O. lawmaker wants higher cigarette taxes
A state lawmaker from New Orleans wants to increase taxes on cigarettes, to produce more revenue for health care programs in Louisiana.

Rep. Karen Carter Peterson's legislation would increase taxes by 50 cents per pack of cigarettes, and increase taxes on cigars and chewing tobacco. Money raised with the new taxes would go to health care programs, with half going for payments to providers in the state Medicaid program.

The bill was scheduled for debate on Monday in the House Ways and Means Committee.