FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow says a cigarette tax will help reduce lung cancer, and it held a rally at the Kentucky Capitol on Tuesday in support of the legislation.

The coalition says nearly 3,000 people die of lung cancer in Kentucky every year, most of which is caused by smoking.

"If the Kentucky legislature is able to raise the tax by at least $1, that will greatly impact the incidents of starting to smoke in young people and elderly people and pregnant women," said R. Josephine Mei with the American Lung Association.

Bills that would raise the cigarette tax have been filed in the Kentucky House and Senate but so far, none have come up for a vote.

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