NY: Raise the Cigarette Tax to save lives

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NY: Raise the Cigarette Tax to Save Lives

Dear [Decision Maker],

I'm writing today as your constituent and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) to urge you to support an increase in the tax for all tobacco products, including cigarettes.

New York cannot afford to lose more lives. The use of tobacco products remains the nation's number one cause of preventable death. In fact, smoking causes an estimated 23,000 deaths per year in New York.

Increasing the tax on tobacco products is a win-win. It will help encourage smokers to quit and provide much needed revenue. Yet despite tobacco taxes being a win-win, New York hasn't raised most tobacco taxes in 10 years. It's time for New York to increase the tax on all tobacco products and use the revenue to help give smokers the tools they need to quit.

If New York raises its cigarette tax by 1.00 per pack, an estimated 29,500 youth under 18 will be kept from becoming smokers, 24,400 premature smoking-related deaths will be prevented and the state will save $1.86 billion dollars in long-term health care costs from the declines in adult and youth smoking rates.

Please show your support by adding your name as a co-sponsor to legislation (S8330 / A10418) to increase the tax on cigarettes.

Thank you and I look forward to your reply.

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