Indiana lawmakers heard Monday from proponents and opponents of raising the state tax on cigarettes.

Included in the House Republican budget is a $1 increase in the state cigarette tax.  Supporters say it’s needed to help reduce smoking as well as well as curb the associated health costs.  Opponents say it will hurt retail convenience and grocery stores and drive business either out of state or to the black market.

You can hear both sides in the Leon-Tailored Audio above as well as from State Senator Luke Kenley, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.