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New Mexico Cigarette Tax Increase Delivers Victory for Kids and Taxpayers, But Increase Needs to Be Permanent
Date:3/5/2010

ity to raise additional revenue and to discourage the use of all tobacco products.  It is also unfortunate that none of the new cigarette tax revenue is being allocated to fund programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.  New Mexico will have the greatest success in reducing tobacco use if it couples its tobacco tax increase with well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Mexico, claiming 2,100 lives each year and costing the state $461 million annually in health care bills. Government expenditures related to tobacco amount to a hidden tax of $567 each year on every New Mexico household. While New Mexico has made significant progress in reducing youth smoking, 24.2 percent of New Mexico high school students smoke, and 8,200 more kids become regular smokers every year.

With New Mexico's increase, the average state cigarette tax will be $1.36 per pack. We call on states across the nation to significantly increase the tobacco tax to reduce tobacco use and its devastating health and financial toll, as well as raise much-needed revenue to help close budget shortfalls.


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