Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson will propose a still-undetermined increase in the state’s tax on cigarettes next year to help replace declining state tax ­revenues.

Parkinson spokeswoman Beth ­Martino said the governor has not decided on how large of a tax hike to seek. The increased revenue could be applied to health care costs, she said, or to replace lagging general fund revenue.

Kansas currently levies a tax on cigarettes of 79 cents per pack. The national average of state taxes is $1.34 per pack. An increase of 55 cents per pack, which would bring Kansas to the national average, would generate an additional $88 million a year.

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