SCHIP federal tobacco tax increase will deter nearly 1.9 million kids from using tobacco..

January 26, 2009 - Congress prepares to again consider raising the federal tax on cigarettes by 61 cents a pack of cigarettes — from 39 cents to $1 — to cover an additional 4 million children under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President George W. Bush vetoed that increase in 2007.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says the federal tax increase “would prevent more than 900,000 smoking-related deaths and deter nearly 1.9 million U.S. children from becoming lifelong tobacco users.”

Reference: Kaine plan for budget could curb smoking by Tyler Whitley, Media General News Service,, 1/25/2009.

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