CALL FOR ACTION! Contact your legislator to encourage SUPPORT for the $1.50 per pack cigarette tax increase as part of the Step Up Oklahoma proposal.
Contact your legislator to encourage SUPPORT for the $1.50 per pack cigarette tax increase as part of the Step Up Oklahoma proposal. SUPPORTING the passage of the $1.50/pack cigarette tax helps provide a stable revenue stream to the state as well as enhance the health of Oklahomans. Here are some “Talking Points."
At the current rate, 88,000 Oklahoma youth will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease.
Studies show a $1.50/pack increase would prevent nearly 32,000 Oklahoma children from becoming adult smokers and reduce overall consumption of cigarettes by 26 million packs in the first year.
The increase would also reduce adult smoking rates by 4 percent, or by nearly 30,000 Oklahomans.
Tobacco remains the single greatest contributor to death and poor health outcomes in our state.
Increasing the price is the single most effective way to both reduce the prevalence of smoking and also prevent new smoking.
If we can keep kids from ever taking up the habit, we will begin to meaningfully address the number one cause of preventable death in our state.
Simply put, passing this tax will save lives.
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