Maine Lawmakers, please increase Maine's cigarette tax by $2 per pack and fund tobacco prevention and treatment programs

Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic with almost 90 percent of adult smokers starting as kids. The tobacco industry spends more than $40 million each year in Maine to market their deadly products and entice new youth tobacco users. Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of death and directly accounts for more than $800 million in annual health care costs in Maine.

Raising tobacco prices by increasing tobacco taxes and ensuring adequate, sustainable funding for proven tobacco prevention and cessation efforts have been shown to prevent and reduce tobacco use, save lives, and save money.

The cigarette tax increase alone would reduce youth smoking by nearly 20%, motivate 10,300 adults to quit smoking and save nearly $300 million in long-term health care costs.

I call on you to increase Maine's cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack and fund Maine's tobacco prevention and cessation program at the US CDC recommended level of $15.9 million.

Thank you for letting our lawmakers know how important supporting current smokers who want to quit and preventing our kids from ever starting to use tobacco is to you. If you have a tobacco related story that you'd like to share with us, we'd love to hear it!

Thank you!
Grassroots Manager, Maine