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Poll: Two-thirds of U.S. Support $1 Tobacco Tax Hike

Posted Feb 10 2010 2:40pm
A new national poll finds that 67 percent of voters support a $1 tobacco tax increase.  The poll also found that voters far prefer higher tobacco taxes to other optionssuch as other tax increases or budget cutsfor addressing state budget deficits.

The poll was released along with a report entitled: Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States. The reportreleased by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkAmerican Heart Association American Lung Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The report details the revenue and health benefits to each state of increasing its cigarette tax by $1 per pack. According to the reportif every state and Washington DCdid sothey would:

·        Raise $9.1 billion in new annual revenue;
·        Prevent more than 2.3 million kids from becoming smokers;
·        Prompt more than 1.2 million adult smokers to quit;
·        Prevent more than 1 million prematuresmoking-caused deaths; and
·        Save $52.8 billion in health care costs.
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