Mississippi has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the United States. When our legislature tried to raise the tax on cigarettes Governor Barbour said "NO". Now to cover a Medicaid shortfall Governor Barbour wants to TAX HOSPITALS. That's right Big Tobacco that sells carcinogens to Americans mustn't be taxed. Smokers whose second hand smoke kills innocent bystanders mustn't be taxed. But according to Governor Barbour it's perfectly Ok to tax hospitals.