Tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of death and South Carolina’s biggest opportunity to save lives, reduce health care costs and generate additional revenue for the state.
Implement comprehensive smoke-free policies that include all restaurants, bars, casinos, and non-hospitality workplaces at the state and local level. ACS CAN will also work to defend existing comprehensive laws and expand laws that are not comprehensive.
ACS CAN will advocate to increase the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack with an increase in the tax on other tobacco products to parallel the new rate. Increasing the price of cigarettes and all other tobacco products through regular and significant tobacco tax increases helps to keep kids from starting to use tobacco and helps adults quit. We encourage lawmakers to use funds from the tobacco taxes to fund and sustain evidence-based, statewide tobacco use prevention and cessation programs.
ACS CAN recently published a state review on tobacco issues. Please visit www.fightcancer.org/measure to see how South Carolina measures up when it comes to tobacco.