My view: Arguing the case for tobacco taxes

From Deseret News: Arguments about taxes are as American as apple pie. But there’s one tax that improves health, reduces health care costs and brings in new revenue to balance budgets and fund critical needs. Tobacco taxes, the evidence shows, literally save lives.

There are now 3 million fewer smokers in the United States, thanks in large part to the 62-cent federal tobacco tax increase enacted in 2009 to help fund children’s health insurance (“Big tax increase reduces smoking,” USA Today, Sept. 11).
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