HELENA – A rally was held Thursday to spark support for a ballot initiative that would increase the cost of a pack of cigarettes by $2 and add fees to other tobacco products to be used for Medicaid expansion and other health programs.

Kristin Page-Nei, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Montana Government Relations director, said a “major ground game” was planned for the tobacco tax proposal that is expected to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Dozens of people gathered at the amphitheater in the Great Northern Town Center, in the shadow of the carousel.

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By Phil Drake, pdrake@greatfallstribune.com

Published 2:25 p.m. MT April 19, 2018 at GreatFallsTribune.com