Navigation Links
New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $418.8 Million for Texas and Cut Youth Smoking
Date:2/10/2010

National Poll Finds Voters Prefer Tobacco Tax to Other Tax Increases, Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raising Texas's cigarette tax by $1 per pack would bring in $418.8 million in new annual revenue to help close the state's budget shortfall, while also reducing smoking and saving lives, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO)

The report comes as states grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls and face devastating cuts to education, health care and other essential public services.  The report details the revenue and health benefits to each state of a $1 cigarette tax increase.

In Texas, a $1 cigarette tax increase would also:

  • Prevent 185,500 kids from becoming smokers;
  • Spur 96,400 current adult smokers to quit;
  • Save 84,900 residents from premature, smoking-caused deaths; and
  • Save $4.2 billion in health care costs.

A nationwide poll released along with the report found that 67 percent of voters support a $1 tobacco tax increase, with backing from large majorities of Republicans (68 percent), Democrats (70 percent) and Independents (64 percent).  

The poll found that voters far prefer raising the state tobacco tax to other options for addressing state budget deficits.  While 60 percent favored increasing the tobacco tax for this purpose, more than 70 percent opposed every other option presented, including higher state income, gasoline and sales taxes and cuts to education, health care, transportation and law enforcement programs.

"This report shows that raising tobacco taxes is truly a win-win-win for Texas.  It is a budget win that will help protect vital programs like health care and education, a health win that will prevent kids from smoking and save lives, and a political win with the voters," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The report was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is titled Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States.

Currently, Texas's cigarette tax is $1.41 per pack, which ranks 22nd in the nation. The national average is $1.34 per pack.  The scientific evidence is clear that increasing cigarette prices is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking, especially among kids.  States will achieve even greater revenue and health gains if they also increase tax rates on other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco and cigars, and if they dedicate a portion of their new tobacco tax revenue to fund programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.  In Texas, tobacco use claims 24,500 lives and costs the state $5.83 billion in health care bills each year.  Currently, 21.1 percent of the state's high school students smoke, and 110,000 kids try cigarettes for the first time each year.

The national survey of 847 registered voters was conducted from January 20-24, 2010, by International Communications Research and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.  More information, including the full report, state-specific information and detailed poll results, can be found at www.tobaccofreekids.org/winwinwin.

SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

RELATED LINKS
http://www.tobaccofreekids.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Minnesota Department of Health Report: Nearly 6,000 Hospitalizations for COPD in 2007
2. New Report: The Internet Has More Influence Over Consumer Health Actions than Traditional DTC Channels
3. Report: AdvaCALCalcium Builds Bone Best
4. NSBA 2009 Year-End Economic Report: Small Businesses Still Struggling
5. News brief -- childhood cancer survivor study report: Late recurrence is a risk for some cancers
6. American Heart Association Late Breaking Clinical Trial Report: In Patients on Statins, Raising Good Cholesterol with Niacin, but not Reducing Bad Cholesterol with Ezetimibe, Decreases Plaque Build-Up
7. American Heart Association Late Breaking Clinical Trial Report: Tests Predict Which Patients Are Resistant to Anti-Clotting Therapy During Angioplasty, Stenting
8. American Heart Association Meeting Report: High-Sugar Diet Increases Mens Blood Pressure; Gout Drug Protective
9. Report: Yahoo! Also Displaying No-Prescription Required, non-US Internet Pharmacy Ads
10. Report: Microsoft Sponsoring Ads for Rogue Internet Pharmacies
11. New survey report: Primary care emphasis included in workplace wellness programs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The ... centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice ... overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, ... a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the ... to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The ... Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. ... and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. ... rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. If ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of ... of companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 ... wage. This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... RIDGE, Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS ... of students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship ... The 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at ... to let type 1 diabetes stand in the way ... Diabetes has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced today ... Inc.,s Supplier Horizon Award . One ... Guerbet was recognized for its support of Premier members ... through clinical excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... receive this recognition of our outstanding customer service from ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  Experian Health, the healthcare ... the patient payment and care experience, today ... products and services that will enhance the ... offerings. These award-winning solutions will enable healthcare ... compliant in an ever-changing environment and redefine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: