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New York Cigarette Tax Increase Delivers Victory for Kids and Taxpayers
Date:4/9/2008

WASHINGTON, April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by William V. Corr, Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

New York's leaders have taken historic action to protect the state's kids and taxpayers from the devastating toll of tobacco use by increasing the state cigarette tax by $1.25 to $2.75 per pack. This is the single largest state cigarette tax increase ever enacted and gives New York the highest state cigarette tax in the nation. By supporting a high cigarette tax, New York legislators and Governor David Paterson have taken commendable action that will improve the health of New Yorkers for generations to come and continue the state's national leadership in the fight against tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.

The $1.25 cigarette tax increase is a win-win-win solution for New York -- a health win that will reduce tobacco use and save lives, a financial win that will raise revenue to help alleviate budget shortfalls, and a political win that polls show is popular with the voters.

New York leaders have proven once again that they know what it takes to win the fight against tobacco use. New York is one of only a few states that have implemented all three of the most effective measures to reduce tobacco use -- a higher cigarette tax, a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law and well-funded programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. New York City also has implemented all of these measures. The next step is for New York to increase funding for its tobacco prevention and cessation programs to levels recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so it can have the greatest impact in preventing and reducing tobacco use.

The evidence is clear that increasing the cigarette tax is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking, especially among kids. Studies show that every 10 percent increase in the price
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