Navigation Links
Raise Federal Alcohol Tax to Finance Prevention Trust Fund, Partnership Urges House Chairmen
Date:7/16/2009

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Partnership for Prevention today urged chairmen of the three congressional committees crafting the House version of a health care reform bill to raise the federal excise tax on alcoholic beverages and apply those revenues to a special fund to finance prevention and wellness initiatives.

"Higher alcohol excise taxes are an important tool in reducing the public health toll of alcohol abuse, while also providing a viable and appropriate source of funding to finance reform of our nation's health system," Partnership President Robert J. Gould said in a letter to Reps. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), and George Miller (D-CA).

Rangel, Waxman and Miller are chairmen, respectively, of the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.

In his letter, Gould cited a review of scientific studies by the U.S. Task Force on Community Health Services that found increased taxes or prices on alcoholic beverages are consistently related to a reduction in motor vehicle crashes and deaths, alcohol-impaired driving and death from liver cirrhosis as well as deaths from other causes. Higher alcohol taxes were also demonstrated to reduce the incidence of violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and alcohol dependence.

Gould also noted that federal alcohol excise taxes were last raised in 1991 and have not kept pace with inflation. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that a 20% tax hike on distilled spirits and equalizing the tax rates on other alcoholic beverages would provide $60 billion in new revenue over a decade.

"It is important to note that any tax increase on alcoholic beverages will be paid by a small percentage of the population," he said. "Nearly three-quarters of American adults abstain from alcohol or drink once a week or less."

Partnership for Prevention is a non-profit organization of business, health and government leaders working to make disease prevention and health promotion a national priority.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Partnership for Prevention
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New review suggests caution on drugs to raise good cholesterol
2. Antioxidant Supplements May Raise Womens Skin Cancer Risk
3. Acrylamide Wont Raise Breast Cancer Risk
4. The Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Expected to Draw 10,000 Walkers and Raise $1 Million to Help Find Answers About the Nations Fastest-Growing Developmental Disorder
5. BlueCare(R) Family Plan, a HUSKY Health Plan from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Raises Awareness, Funds and Diapers for New Haven Diaper Bank
6. Mercedes-Benz Special Edition C350 Sport Sedan to Raise $1 Million for Saks Fifth Avenues KEY TO THE CURE
7. Care reforms raise concerns over patient access to GP services
8. The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and Maybelline Join Forces With the Lupus Foundation of America for a Star-studded Gala to Raise Awareness for Lupus
9. Computer models help raise the bar for sporting achievement
10. Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented by Toyota Raises $718,000 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Cancer Research
11. Fifth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Los Angeles Raises $4.3 Million
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud to ... unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and awareness ... VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and ... explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, ... puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” ... the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and San Francisco ... using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans are estimated ... in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 percent of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), one of the Nation’s ... design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal support and full ... while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is circulated from an ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/13/2017)... , Sept. 13, 2017   OrthoAtlanta has been ... Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC) for the 2018 College Football ... 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia ... the AFHC "I,m In" campaign, participating in many activities leading ... ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on the independent ... as the number one company for hearing aids, ranking it ... fifteen other brands. ... Hearing Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides high performance, ...
(Date:9/9/2017)... ... DC ... th – Monday, September 18 th .The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) ... to the public.Where:  BTF,s Mobile MRI Unit – ... NW, Washington, D.C.What:BTF brings its nationwide initiative, the Road to Early Detection ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: