Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing as your constituent to urge you to vote Yes on Senate Bill 354 to increase the tobacco tax.The SAVE Act will raise the state cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, with a comparable increase in the price of other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
That price increase will prevent an estimated 3,900 deaths, while raising much-needed revenue to fund vital health programs and services that are facing devastating cuts by the legislature. Youth are particularly sensitive to a significant price increase, which is a proven deterrent to kids ever starting to use tobacco.Montanans overwhelming support raising the price of tobacco products. 77 percent of voters in a recent poll expressed support for a $1.50 per pack increase.
Raising the price of tobacco by a significant amount is a proven way to prevent youth from starting to use these deadly products, and to motivate current users to quit. I hope I can count on you to vote Yes on SB354.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]