Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Connecticut passes cigarette tax increase!

The state of Connecticut passed a 49 cent cigarette tax increase, resulting in a $2.00 tax per pack. We applaud the leadership in Connecticut in passing a policy that not only deters kids from smoking, but also raises revenue to fund education and cessation programs.

Connecticut is the eighth state to increase its cigarette tax to $2.00 or more per pack. If the Wisconsin State Legislature does the right thing today and keeps Governor Doyle's proposed $1.25 tax increase in the state budget, Wisconsin would have a total tax of $2.02 per pack and would have the honor of being the ninth state to have a tax of $2.00 or more.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is such bull. Help the kids. Help the kids. They always say it to help the kids. Then before you know it. Pooof the money they get is in the general fund with kids seeing only 3 to 5 % of what should all be going to help them.
They pulled that crap with the lottery,casino gambeling and finally state income tax. Kids my A

Liz @ SmokeFree Wisconsin said...

anonymous's frustration isn't without merit. Wisconsin's history with tobacco-related money hasn't been impressive in terms of using it for addressing our tobacco problems. That's why it's important for us to also push our legislators to use cigarette tax money to pay for prevention and quit smoking programs. Tobacco money should be used for addressing the tobacco problem.