Last Thursday, two proposals were heard that would raise tobacco taxes, one by 10 cents and the other by 25 cents. While tobacco tax increases of 50 cents, a dollar, or more are very effective at reducing tobacco use and raising revenue, the proposals for 10 and 25 cents are so weak they would likely not have any measurable effect on tobacco use. In fact, the 10-cent proposal would actually result in less money for tobacco prevention and cessation in Oregon!
These proposals are a distraction and would do little to nothing to actuallu reduce tobacco use in Oregon. Ask your legislators to do support a bigger, better tobacco tax of 50 cents, a dollar, or more!
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