viernes, 13 de marzo de 2015

Indiana health advocates push to double tobacco tax – 12 de marzo de 2015 – EEUU

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — More than 100 health advocates plan to visit the Statehouse to push for increasing the price of tobacco. They say a higher cigarette tax will have several big benefits for Hoosiers and their health.

The advocates are led by Hoosiers for Healthier Indiana and more than 30 organizations are involved. They’re going to ask lawmakers to increase the cigarette tax by a dollar, essentially doubling the current tax.

While that is a big jump, Indiana’s cigarette tax is more than 50 cents below the national average and there hasn’t been an increase since 2007. Residents in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin all pay about $2 or more in taxes on a pack of smokes. Indiana smokers pay just $1.

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