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Minnesota Kids 'Kick Butts' on March 24
Date:3/18/2010

In Minnesota, health advocates are calling on state leaders to increase the cigarette tax by $1 per pack in order to prevent kids from smoking and raise much-needed revenue to address the state's budget shortfall and fund critical programs such as health care and education.  According to a recent report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a $1 cigarette tax increase in Minnesota would have the following benefits:

  • Prevent 41,000 kids from becoming smokers;
  • Spur 19,400 current adult smokers to quit;
  • Save 18,200 residents from premature, smoking-caused deaths; and
  • Save $901.8 million in health care costs.

"On Kick Butts Day, kids are standing up to the tobacco companies, and Minnesota leaders should stand with them by increasing the cigarette tax," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.  "A higher cigarette tax is truly a win-win-win for Minnesota: a health win that will prevent kids from smoking and sa
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