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Health Groups Launch Ad Campaign Highlighting Benefits of Increase in Oregon Cigarette Tax
Date:4/21/2009

on with the American Lung Association in Oregon, American Heart Association, Northwest Health Foundation, Upstream Public Health and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

To view the ad visit http://tobaccofreekids.org/campaign/oregon/SaveOregonKids.pdf

"Increasing the cigarette tax to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs will deliver significant health and economic benefits that Oregon residents need and deserve," said Mathew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "Studies show that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by 7 percent and overall cigarette consumption by 4 percent. Increasing the cigarette tax will save thousands of lives because for every three kids we prevent from becoming regular smokers, a life is saved."

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in Oregon. Each year, tobacco claims 4,900 lives and costs the state $1.1 billion in health care bills, including $287 million in Medicaid payments alone. Currently, 16.9 percent of Oregon adults smoke. Government expenditures related to tobacco amount to a hidden tax of $576 every year on every Oregon household. More than 15 percent of Oregon high school students smoke and 4,500 more kids become smokers every year.


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