Contact Us

Minnesota’s Increased Tobacco Tax Helps Reduce State’s Cancer Burden

Source: Fengman123

Smoker or not, you probably heard that the price of a pack of cigarettes went up sharply this past summer in the State of Minnesota.  An increase of $1.60 brought the state’s Tobacco Tax from $1.23 o $2.83 per pack.

The reasons behind the tax hike weren’t purely financial;  Legislators also took a chance that making cigarettes more pricey will force many into quitting – thereby reducing the burden that Cancer and other smoking-related diseases have on the states budget.

Tobacco causes 30 percent of all cancer deaths and is known to cause 15 different types of cancer. Fewer people smoking means fewer people being diagnosed with and dying from this disease,” said Matt Schafer, Minnesota government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “As an organization dedicated to reducing death and suffering from cancer, we are grateful our lawmakers recognized the importance of this legislation and we look forward to the success we know it will bring in reducing our state’s cancer burden.

The tobacco tax increase is also estimated to save more than 25,700 lives in Minnesota and prompt 36,600 adult smokers in this state quit.

More from KOOL 101.7

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kool1017.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Kool 101.7 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Kool 101.7 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!