Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids increasing cigarettes taxes a Win, Win, Win solution..

February 12, 2010 - reports that increasing cigarette taxes is a WIN, WIN, WIN solution for governments: (#1)Reduce Smoking, (#2)Save Lives, (#3)Saves Money..

Win #1: Fewer Kids Smoking
Studies, and experience in state after state, show that higher cigarette taxes are one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking among both youth and adults. Every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by about seven percent and overall cigarette consumption by about four percent.

Win #2: Higher Revenue
Every state that has significantly increased its cigarette tax has enjoyed substantial increases in revenue, even while reducing smoking. These funds have helped states balance budgets and fund essential services like health care and tobacco prevention programs. Contrary to tobacco industry arguments, cigarette tax increases are a reliable source of revenue. Higher cigarette taxes also save money by reducing smoking-caused health care costs. Read our Fact Sheet: Exposing Tobacco Industry Myths About Cigarette Taxes.

Win #3: Public Support for Tobacco Taxes
In national and state polls across the country, there is overwhelming public support for tobacco tax increases. Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike want elected officials to increase tobacco taxes to help prevent kids from smoking.

Learn More: Tobacco Taxes A Win-Win-Win for Cash Strapped States..

Reference: Higher Cigarette Taxes, Reduce Smoking, Save Lives, Saves Money, Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids, 2/12/2010.

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