Posted by: audreybenenati | February 12, 2010

U.S. would reap billions from $1 cigarette tax hike


By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

Reuters
Thursday, February 11, 2010; 7:57 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Adding a $1 per pack tax to cigarettes could raise more than $9 billion a year for states, health advocates said on Wednesday, and a poll released with the study shows Americans would support such a tax.

The poll, conducted by International Communications Research, found 60 percent of voters would support the tax to help struggling states and would prefer it over other tax increases or budget cuts.

"An increase in tobacco tax rates is not only sound public health policy but a smart and predictable way to help boost the economy and generate long-term health savings for states facing deepening budget deficits," said John Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Read the rest at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021101204.html

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