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Sen. Takubo Proposes Real Solutions to Protect Kids and Save Lives
Sen. Tom Takubo introduced legislation, Senate Bill 84, to increase the tax on cigarettes and all other tobacco products while investing a portion of the revenue in fact-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Doug Hogan
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – “Recently, Sen. Tom Takubo introduced legislation, Senate Bill 84, to increase the tax on cigarettes and all other tobacco products while investing a portion of the revenue in fact-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs. This is an important step towards a cleaner, safer, healthier West Virginia that will help kids break the cycle of addiction and tobacco-related disease.
“Raising tobacco prices through regular and significant tax rate increases, like the $1.50 per pack cigarette tax increase included in Senate Bill 84, have a meaningful, measurable track record of success in encouraging people who use tobacco to quit and preventing kids from becoming addicted.
“Currently, West Virginia has the highest tobacco use rates in the nation with 22% of adults smoking cigarettes and 40.6% of high school students using tobacco products. We can and we must do better.
“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network thanks Sen. Takubo for his leadership on this critical issue and looks forward to working with the rest of the legislature and the governor to protect kids, save lives and reduce health care costs by significantly increasing tobacco taxes and investing in tobacco control programs in West Virginia.”
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