American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Take Action-Ask Lawmaker to Support $1.50 tobacco tax increase


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Dear [Decision Maker],

Last week, ten bi-partisan Iowa House members introduced HF467, legislation that would raise the tobacco tax by $1.50 with a parallel increase on other tobacco products. I support their efforts, and I hope you will too.

Fortunately we know what works to decrease the enormous toll that tobacco is taking on our state. Increasing the tobacco tax by a significant amount is one of the most effective ways to prevent kids from ever starting to smoke and help current tobacco users quit. Specifically, a $1.50 increase in the cigarette tax will reduce Iowa's youth smoking rate by 16.5 percent, prevent 12,900 kids under 18 from becoming adult smokers, help 19,400 current adult smokers quit, prevent 8,800 smoking caused deaths and save the state over $664 million in long-term health care costs. The increase will also result in an estimated over $96 million in new annual revenue.

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and a constituent, I urge you to add your name as a co-sponsor to this important legislation.

I hope I can count on your support.

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