Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to increase the cigarette tax by at least $1.00 when the Senate takes up the budget in the coming days. Specifically, I'm asking you to say no to the .50 cent increase from the House of Representatives.7 out of 10 Kentucky voters support raising the cigarette tax by $1.00. The evidence is clear that increasing the cigarette tax is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking, especially among kids.
A $1 per pack increase in the cigarette tax alone will: -Raise $266 million annually -Decrease youth smoking by 11.2% -Prevent 14,800 premature deathsIt's really a no-brainer. If you want to protect kids, make a real difference in public health in our state while also saving money and generating revenue, a $1 increase in the cigarette tax is the way to go.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]