Posted by: audreybenenati | February 24, 2010

Healthy tax for New York


By Sharon Fischer • February 20, 2010, 12:00 am

Maintaining adequate funding for New York’s Tobacco Control Program and increasing the tobacco excise tax by $1 are wise strategies to contribute to the health and financial stability of the residents of New YorkState.

If you think tobacco use and tobacco excise taxes don’t affect you, think again. Both measures are effective in deterring youth from initiating smoking and assisting established smokers to quit. Lower smoking rates, in turn, reduce the costs to treat illnesses caused by tobacco use. Each New York household pays $822 in state and federal taxes for treatment of smoking-related diseases, a burden New Yorkers cannot continue to pay.

Read the rest at http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20100220/VIEWPOINTS02/2200301/1120/Healthy-tax-for-New-York

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