Gerald Gay en Committee approves cigarette tax hike <p>A House committee has approved a bill that would raise the cigarette tax by five-cents-per-cigarette and a dollar a pack.&nbsp; Republican Representative Gerald Gay of Casper is the main sponsor.&nbsp; He says money from the increase will help offset rising Medicaid costs.</p><p></p><p>“And tobacco is related to that because tobacco has such a profound impact on health care," Gay said. "So we figured out a way to sort of frontload&nbsp; health care costs against one of the biggest health care users that there is.”</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:53:25 +0000 Bob Beck 35846 at Committee approves cigarette tax hike