Small tobacco taxes are not enough
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I am asking you to support a $1.60 per pack increase in the PA cigarette tax, establish a 40% of wholesale tax on other tobacco products and tell Senator Corman to do the same.
We have an opportunity to stand up for Pennsylvania's kids against the interests of the tobacco industry. A $1.60 per pack increase in the PA cigarette tax will prevent 57,600 premature smoking-caused deaths and prevent 91,100 kids from becoming adult smokers.
I want to be clear: to help smokers to quit and keep kids from ever starting, the tax increase must be significant. A small 50 cent per pack increase will not accomplish that goal. Increase PA's cigarette tax by $1.60 per pack, establish a 40% of wholesale tax on other tobacco products, and invest $26 million in tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Will you stand up for PA's kids?
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]