Increase tobacco taxes to save lives from cancer
Dear [Decision Maker],
You have an opportunity to save lives from cancer in PA. One out of three cancer deaths are linked to smoking. Smoking causes at least 17 different types of cancer, and one of the most effective ways to prevent kids from starting to smoke and help current smokers quit is to raise the cigarette tax by a significant amount.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 invest $26 million in tobacco prevention and cessation programs.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. To have a positive impact on health, the tax increase must be significant. A small 50 cent per pack increase will not accomplish that goal.
Please stand up to Big Tobacco and help prevent cancer in the commonwealth. 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.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]