The Link Between Cigarettes and Income Taxes

The City of Columbus, Ohio was greeted by a number of Ohio State University medical students and individuals from the Investing in Tobacco-Free Youth Coalition in March of this year.  The group touted a poll which found that more than 60% of Ohio voters favored a tax increase of $0.75 per pack of cigarettes and nearly the same percent favored a larger tax of $1.25/pack. A similar poll was conducted in North Carolina earlier this year.  It found that about two out of every three likely voters supported a cigarette tax increase of a dollar per pack in the state.  The Executive Director for the North Carolina Alliance for Health stated that the tax increase could provide another $338 million to the state's treasury. More money for the state government was also given as a benefit for the proposed tax hike in Ohio.  "As the state of Ohio faces a severe budget deficit, this survey clearly demonstrates the fact that the majority of Ohioans support a cigarette tax to help...(Read Full Article)

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