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Arkansas Cigarette Tax Increase Delivers Victory for Kids and Taxpayers
Date:2/12/2009

able cause of death and disease in Arkansas, claiming more than 4,900 lives each year and costing the state $812 million annually in health care bills, including $242 million in Medicaid payments alone. Government expenditures related to tobacco amount to a hidden tax of $562 each year on every Arkansas household. While Arkansas has made some progress in reducing youth smoking, 20.7 percent of Arkansas high school students still smoke -- above the national average of 20 percent -- and 3,900 more kids become regular smokers every year.

We call on states across the nation to follow Arkansas's lead, and increase their own state cigarette taxes to keep more kids from smoking and help current smokers quit.


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