Posted by: audreybenenati | January 20, 2010

Gov. Paterson’s Budget Delivers Health and Financial Wins by Increasing Cigarette Tax, Funding for Tobacco Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a statement by Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

The budget proposed today by Governor David Paterson will improve both New York’s physical and financial health by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 per pack and increasing funding by $8.3 million for the state’s highly successful tobacco prevention and cessation program. These measures are a win-win-win solution for New York: a health win, a financial win and a political win that is popular with voters. Together, these steps will continue New York’s dramatic progress in reducing tobacco use and its devastating toll in health, lives and health care costs. And the cigarette tax will raise much-needed revenue to help balance the budget and fund vital programs.

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