According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke cause:
The Surgeon General projects that, without further action, 5.6 million youth age 0-17 alive today will die
prematurely from tobacco use.
Despite proven health risks, current rates of cigarette smoking and tobacco use remain high.
The low price of tobacco products makes it easy for youth to afford to start and continue smoking, and current taxes do little to defray the societal cost smoking has on the U.S. economy.
Substantial increases in cigarette tax rates generate new revenue. Revenue increases from higher cigarette taxes substantially outweigh any decline in revenue due to fewer cigarettes being sold.
Regular, significant increases in the retail price of cigarettes reduce the number of people who begin smoking and increase the number of smokers who quit.
Source: ACS CAN
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