Anti-smoking group wants to increase tobacco tax

Smoking kills. It also costs society millions of dollars. According to the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont, the state spends $233 million a year to treat smoking-related illnesses. But the group has a plan on how to bring that number down.

Tina Zuk is with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont. C.T.F.A. is in favor of adding to the state’s tobacco tax. Currently it’s at $2.24. They’d like another dollar tacked on.

“We would like it to go up at least a dollar,” said Zuk, “We’re the third lowest in the region.” She explained that Vermont is well below it’s neighbor New York in taxing tobacco.

Keeping prices high for cigarettes deters children from even beginning the habit, she stressed.


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