miércoles, 11 de febrero de 2015

Tobacco taxes improve health, bottom line in Ohio: Terry Allan and Stanton Gerson (opinion) – 8 de Febrero de 2015 – EEUU

Gov. John Kasich's release of the state budget represents a golden opportunity to gain back lost ground in our public health battle to reduce the devastating economic and health effects of tobacco in Ohio.

Recent data from the American Lung Association and University of Illinois at Chicago research reaffirm that tobacco taxes improve health and the bottom line for Ohioans. A proposed $1-per-pack increase on cigarettes, along with additional taxes on other tobacco products like little cigars, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco, would prevent $2.76 billion in future health care costs while saving the lives of more than 40,000 Ohioans. That's a big deal.

UIC economist Frank Chaloupka's recent report extols the benefits of the higher tax, estimating that it would stop 65,000 children from taking up the smoking habit and lead 73,000 adults to quit.

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