Michigan legislature passed a package of bills they say will help reduce Big Tobacco’s grip on Michigan, but these bills are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Legislative Action Puts Hoosier Kids at Risk
Today, the House of Representatives approved legislation that puts the health of Hoosier kids at greater risk.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – “Today, the House of Representatives approved legislation that puts the health of Hoosier kids at greater risk.
“Lowering the tax rate on some e-cigarettes by 40% and approving a weight-based tax for the tobacco industry’s newest and lightest products is a setback for public health.
“Tobacco taxes must apply to all tobacco products at an equivalent rate to encourage people to quit rather than switch to a cheaper product and to prevent youth from ever starting. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 382 fails to create this parity and provides a lower tax rate for some e-cigarettes and oral tobacco products than the tax on cigarettes – a tax rate already among the lowest in the country.
“Big Tobacco has been working hard to addict future generations with e-cigarettes and other tobacco products and this legislation would make the tobacco industry’s job a little easier in Indiana. We urge lawmakers to reverse course before sending this bill to the governor’s desk.”
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