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New Poll: 72 Percent of Minnesotans Support Tobacco Tax Increase
Date:3/11/2009

been diminished by the recently passed 62-cent per pack increase in the federal tax, which goes into effect on March 31, 2009. Forty-six percent of the survey respondents were already aware of the federal increase. Among those who weren't aware of the federal increase, after being informed, 80 percent said either that it made no difference in their opinion or it made them even more likely to support an increase in the state tax.

The survey's finding that Minnesotans believe higher prices are an effective way to reduce smoking, especially among kids, is also backed by research. Studies show that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by about 7 percent, and reduces overall cigarette consumption by about 4 percent. Currently, Minnesota's total cigarette taxes and fees are $1.504 per pack, ranking 18th in the nation.

"Raising the price of tobacco products by increasing the tax is a win-win-win for Minnesota," said David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of ClearWay Minnesota. "Higher tobacco taxes improve health and reduce health care costs by reducing smoking, raise much needed revenue and are overwhelmingly popular with Minnesotans."

Methodology

The 2009 study contains the results of a survey administered to 800 randomly selected residents across the state of Minnesota. Professional interviewers conducted the survey by telephone between February 17 and 28, 2009. The typical respondent took 11 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The non-response rate was 3.7 percent. The results of the study are projectable to all adult Minnesota residents within +/- 3.5 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.

To view complete survey results, visit www.clearwaymn.org.

ClearWay Minnesota(SM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducin
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