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Dear [Decision Maker],
During his budget address, the Governor asked for solutions. I believe there is a potential solution. I am urging you to support at least a $1.00 per pack increase in the KY cigarette tax to save lives and money.
We know that a $1.00 per pack increase in the KY cigarette tax would prevent 23,200 kids under 18 from becoming adult smokers, help 29,400 current adult smokers quit, and prevent 14,800 premature smoking-caused deaths. We also know that tobacco-related illnesses are expensive and weigh heavily on the state's healthcare system. In Kentucky, smoking is currently estimated to cost 1.92 billion in direct health care costs.
I hope I can count on you to support at least $1.00 per pack increase in the KY cigarette tax. I look forward to your response.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]