E-cigarettes and PA Kids
Dear [Decision Maker],
Pennsylvania chose kids over the tobacco industry by voting for tobacco tax increases as part of the FY 2016-2017 revenue package. Oppose SB 508. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 24.1% of Pennsylvania High School students had used e-cigarettes during the last 30 days and 40.8% had ever tried the products. Since 2014, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes. During 2011 to 2015, current e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students soared from 1.5 percent to 16 percent. Several studies have found that youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to go on to become regular smokers. High taxes on tobacco products are proven to reduce youth use.
E-cigarettes typically deliver nicotine. According to the CDC, when exposed at a young age nicotine may cause lasting harm to brain development, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use. Maintaining the new tax on e-cigarettes at 40 percent of wholesale will discourage youth from using these products. I urge you to support the tobacco tax package as passed in July 2016 by opposing all efforts to alter the revenue package, change product definitions, or lower the price of any tobacco product including e-cigarettes.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]