Anti-Smoking Advocates Push For Higher Cigarette Tax

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A group of anti-smoking advocates are
calling on Kentucky lawmakers to boost the state's tax on
cigarettes by 70 cents per pack.

Health advocates say the higher tax could reduce overall smoking
in Kentucky, but especially among teens and pregnant women.

Health advocate Sheila Schuster says a House plan that calls for
raising the cigarette tax also has the added benefit of bringing in
additional state revenue.

Kentucky is facing a projected $900 million revenue shortfall
over the next two years. Because of that, Gov. Steve Beshear is
proposing an $18.5 billion two-year state budget that includes
significant cuts to government agencies and public colleges and

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  • by stupified Location: london on Feb 29, 2008 at 01:51 AM
    "Raising the tax will save thousands of lives..." Who's she kidding? You're raising prices of an already expensive substance that mostly poverty-line individuals are addicted to. No, I say this will lead to thousands of robberies in an already poverty stricken area. Why don't we just tax poverty? I'm sure there's revenue there...
  • by henry Location: letcher on Feb 28, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    I think its about time for another boston tea party, only this time we should use politicans or a better word would be rat.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    Fact: the majority of smokers are in E. KY Fact: most smokers are low income (poor). Fact: smokers are considered stupid Fact: the State is broke Fact: State wants to raise taxes on cigarettes. Conclusion: poor E. Kentuckians are the ONLY ones asked to bail the state out it's financial mess. How retarded. Why? Because many of the smokers are receiving entitlements - which they buy smokes with ; so, with our tax dollars, and hence the source of the entitlement programs, some genuises want to tax the said smokers to generate more tax revenue!!! It can't get any more stupid than that. What about boozers? I thought the casinos were the answer to our prayers. But poor 'stupid' E. KY smokers 'on the draw' are the ones called on to bail out Beshear???? It's the end of time for sure.
  • by Larry Location: jeffersonville, ky. on Feb 28, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I would like to tell all those people who would like to raise taxes on cigarettes to GET OVER IT, enough is enough, if they want to raise taxes on something let them raise taxes on something that we all use. Why should one select group of people pay for everyone, and i am tired of that same old line they spout, it will stop kids from smoking, please, are they that nieve.If the government wants to raise money i have a few ideas on how they can do that without raising taxes. Why don't we raise the minimum wage up to 8 dollars an hour, that way everyone would be paying more taxes in, or why don't they take the tax money from the mega winners who take the cash option and put it in the general fund, or put a 2 cent tax on every fast food item so that everyone would feel the pinch. They could also legalize gambling in this state which would raise plenty of revenue and create new jobs and industry if they would make the casinos use in state companies to supply all there supplys. angered in KY
  • by sandy Location: canada on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    I think you should also raise the Taxes on the kills also.
  • by non smoker 2 Location: hazard on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    I am not a smoker but I believe in fairness. don't single out a group and tax them. I work 45 hours a week and a great pecentage of my check goes to taxes then when I spend whats left I have to pay taxes on what I buy, then once a year I have to pay taxes on my vehicles and home, I pay taxes on my utility bills, then at the end of the year I have my TAXES done and have to pay more tax! when it's all said and done, I am working to pay taxes, I have gotten myself depressed writting this, I'll have to go get medicated now and pay taxes on that! my god it's never ending. HELP!!!
  • by S Location: KY on Feb 28, 2008 at 05:29 AM
    The fact that KY's tax on cigarettes is one of the lowest in the nation with one of the highest numbers of smokers is absolutely ridiculous. RAISE IT! People have made such a big deal about taxing fast food or junk food also.....well raise that too. This is a shortfall that we all have to deal w/ and the fact that we are holding out on raising the cigaretts tax, which is one of the lowest in the NATION, over cuts in education is why people think Kentuckians are uneducated hicks.
  • by doug Location: hyden on Feb 28, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    Lawmakers. Read this. If you tax the smokers, then apply the same percent of tax increase to the alcholics that are sitting in our chairs at the state house and protesting on our property in Frankfort. That would be fair. Better yet. NO TAX!
  • by austin Location: baker on Feb 27, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    i thank the price needs to stay the way thay are
  • by victim Location: eastern,ky on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    what else can you thieves think of to steal next. hey, ive got an idea, tax the air we breathe. that will get you people some extra spending money!
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