Health Groups Advocate $1 Higher Ala. Cigarette Tax

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Many of the state's leading health care organizations are encouraging the Alabama Legislature to raise the state's cigarette tax by $1 a pack to prevent cutbacks in health care for the state's poor and elderly served by the state Medicaid Agency.
Eighteen organizations announced their support Friday, including the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the Alabama Dental Association, the Alabama Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
Health officials said adding $1 to the state's tax of 42.5 cents per pack would generate $212 million annually and would encourage some people to quit smoking.
Medical Association President Jeff Terry said Alabama has one of the lowest tax rates in the country on cigarettes, and "it's time for tobacco to pay its fair share."

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  • by David Location: Panama City, FL on Apr 15, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    This is an unconstitutional tax levied on the POOR. Statistics show that lower income families are the primary groups still smoking...and they're pawning their lives away trying to keep with a LEGAL addiction. Tobacco addiction is worse than heroin as far as trying to break it's hold over people, the recidivist rate for smokers is above 95%. And the Dental people are the worst of the health care is so far out of control that people who have dental insurance can't afford care. When are we going to seek real solutions rather than throwing somebody ELSE'S money at it?
  • by Dave Location: pcb on Apr 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    They are not interested in my health. They are interested on my money. TAX THE POOR! B>S> PS I don't smoke but I know BS when I smell it.
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