BOISE, Idaho – November 14, 2023 – Elected officials across the state must do more to support Idahoans who want to quit using tobacco products, say cancer patients, survivors, and advocates who are marking the American Cancer Society’s 48th annual Great American Smokeout®.
Legislature Backs Big Tobacco, Risks Hoosier Health
Yesterday, the legislature did a big favor for Big Tobacco
Statement from Bryan Hannon, Chair of Tobacco Free Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – “Yesterday, the legislature did a big favor for Big Tobacco by passing legislation that will lower tax rates and maintain loopholes for some of the very products that the tobacco industry has used to addict Hoosier kids.
“The tobacco industry’s agenda – tucked inside a broader piece of tax legislation – is a significant setback for public health that will keep dangerous and addictive tobacco products like e-cigarettes and some other tobacco products easily accessible to our kids.
“Lowering the tax, and therefore the price, of tobacco products is one major way for the tobacco industry to protect their bottom line, addict people with cheap products, and keep them addicted. This unfortunate legislation places the interests of Big Tobacco ahead of the health of Hoosiers.
“That is why we urge Governor Holcomb to veto this legislation.”
About ACS CAN at 20
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting www.fightcancer.org.