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Amendment 72 supporters claim that raising tobacco taxes will reduce smoking. That’s a smokescreen. What the amendment really does is create a constitutionally mandated stream of revenue for two state health bureaucracies that seek to shake off the shackles of legislative budgetary oversight. Under Amendment 72, the state tax on a pack of cigarettes will rise to $2.59 from $0.84. Most of this new TABOR-exempt revenue will go to the departments of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) and Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).