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New Ohio Ad Campaign Calls for Taxing All Tobacco Products at Same Rate
Date:4/8/2009

Increased Tax Would Raise Critical Funds for State Tobacco Prevention Programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All tobacco products - including spit and chew tobacco and flavored little cigars - are addictive and harm health, and should be taxed at the same rate as cigarettes in Ohio, according to a radio advertising campaign launched today by a coalition of public health organizations.

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The radio ad began airing this week on stations across Ohio and continues for two weeks. According to the ad, if all tobacco products were taxed at the same rate as cigarettes, the higher prices would discourage youth tobacco use. In addition, it will raise revenue to fund critical programs to keep kids from using tobacco and help current tobacco users quit - programs that were cut from the state budget last year. Currently in Ohio, other tobacco products are taxed at less than half the rate of taxes on cigarettes. To listen to the ad, please visit http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/campaign/ohio/otp.mp3.

The funds generated by equalizing the tax on all tobacco products, an estimated $50 million a year, would be dedicated to the Ohio Department of Health for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

"By increasing the tax on other tobacco products to match the state tax rate on cigarettes, Ohio will reduce all tobacco use among kids, save lives, and improve the physical and financial health of the state," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign f
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