Posted by: audreybenenati | April 12, 2010

Statement From American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown On The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Report “State Cigarette Excise Taxes, 2009”

Article Date: 09 Apr 2010 – 9:00 PDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report confirms that our work to increase the price of tobacco is making a difference in breaking a deadly cycle but it’s too soon to call it quits. Studies have shown that one of the most effective tools to keeping cigarettes out of the hands of children and adults is boosting tobacco excise taxes. With many states facing extremely large budget deficits, increased tobacco taxes present lawmakers with an opportunity to do what is right for public health, create a stable revenue stream to help reduce deficits and to enact a tax that repeatedly proves popular with voters. Legislators can multiply the positive impact of a tax increase on both public health and their state’s fiscal health by dedicating a portion of the money to implementing tobacco prevention programs…

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