Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a number of ways to raise revenue to heal Alabama's ailing budget.
One possible way is a higher cigarette tax. Alabama lawmakers are considering two proposals that would raise cigarette taxes to fill a major hole in the state's general fund.
Bentley's proposal would raise the tax on a pack from 42.5 cents to $1.25.
A second proposal would raise the tax rate by 32.5 cents per pack.
Experts say higher cigarette taxes can lead to smuggling.