MS: Tobacco tax educational email

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Death & Taxes

Dear [Decision Maker],

The use of tobacco products remains the number one cause of preventable death in our country, with 1 in 5 deaths nationwide. Raising Mississippi's cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack is an effective way to make positive changes to the health of our citizens, and as your constituent, I urge your support for this increase.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, in Mississippi, 22.5% of adults and 15.2% of high school students smoke; residents' state and federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures is $1,046 per household and smoking is estimated to cost $1.23 billion in direct health care costs, including $319.7 million in Medicaid costs.




We cannot afford to ignore the toll that tobacco-related deaths and health care costs have on Mississippians. Please consider increasing the state's cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack for the sake of your constituents like me.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]