Category: Tax

Smoking declines — thanks to higher taxes

Tweet Smoking is at historic lows in the United States, 18.9 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s about a full percentage point below where it was before the 2009 hike in the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes from 39 cents to $1.01 — a stunning victory for public health and the public purse. In the 2000s, national smoking rates plateaued at around 20 percent, prompting calls for higher taxes to discourage smokers. C ... Jump to full article >>

Health campaigns decrease number of Asian smokers

Tweet In efforts to reduce the smoking population, the New York City Health Department launched the annual Nicotine Patch and Gum Program last week. This year, it will step up its appeal to Asian smokers by creating graphic ads in Chinese and offering a membership to Chinese speakers who call 311 to help them quit smoking. Read this article in WSN Chrome According to NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, almost every demographic has shown ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking ban bill passes House

Tweet INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House voted Thursday night to approve the statewide smoking ban bill, setting up a vote today in the state Senate on whether the restrictions will be on their way to becoming law. The House voted 60-33 in favor of the bill, despite opposition from health advocates who argue the proposal is too weak because it includes an exemption for bars and taverns. Senate supporters of the bill were uncertain whethe ... Jump to full article >>

Campaigners cheers tax hike on tobacco

Tweet BHUBANESWAR: The decision of the State Government to raise value added tax on cigarettes, bidis and every other form of tobacco products has got the thumbs up from the anti-tobacco campaigners and the medical fraternity. �The move would go a long way in not only saving a large number of lives but also effect reduction in Government spending on treating tobacco-related diseases, they have asserted. �The State Government has increased VAT ... Jump to full article >>

Texas House Slashes Loose-Leaf Tobacco Tax

Tweet The lawmakers reduced the tax on loose-leaf tobacco from $1.13 per ounce to 80 cents. AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House approved a 33-cent decrease to the state’s loose-leaf tobacco tax, the American-Statesman reports. The bill would drop the loose-leaf tobacco tax from $1.13 to 80 cents. “We just created an incentive for people to use cancer-causing products,” said Rep. Jason Isaac, who was the lone member to speak up against the bi ... Jump to full article >>

Illegal smokes tax tempers

Tweet Nearly half the cigarettes sold in Hong Kong are illegal because of high prices, a tobacco concern group claims. The finding was based on an informal “survey” carried out by the Vote Against Tax Hikes Alliance, which rummaged through dozens of trash bins in Lok Fu and Lam Tin public housing estates last month, picking up empty cigarette packages. Of the 200 boxes retrieved, 92 were either from the mainland, or on which duty was ... Jump to full article >>

Lower cigarette tax will cost state

Tweet The cost of cutting cigarette taxes by a dime, as the House of Representative would like, will undoubtedly cost New Hampshire much more than the loss of $9 million in revenue. Encouraging smoking by reducing the cost will pose a significant and long-term health-care cost to the state, especially as it relates to pregnant women and children. Consider that the first-year medical costs alone of a premature birth are about 10 times greater ($32 ... Jump to full article >>

Missouri Lawmaker Wants Statewide Vote on Cigarette Tax Increase

Tweet JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House member Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) wants voters to raise the state’s cigarette tax by 81 cents per pack. Currently, Missouri’s 17-cent cigarette tax is the lowest in the country; Kelly’s proposal would increase it to 98 cents per pack. Kelly outlined his plan to a House committee last Thursday, according to the report. Kelly proposed a future statewide vote in which state residents ... Jump to full article >>

VGA Opposes taxes that hurt businesses

Tweet On April 15th, the very day many Vermonters’ are trying to pay their end of year tax obligations, the Vermont Senate Finance Committee voted to increase the cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack, making Vermont more than $20.00 carton higher than New Hampshire. Here’s why we oppose this tax increase: The Importance of Buying Local Stemming the Loss of Retail Business Across Vermont’s Borders There has been significant focus across Vermont i ... Jump to full article >>

Heated debate over proposed N.H. tobacco tax cut

Tweet Call it a duel between tobacco tax studies. During a floor debate in the Legislature last month on lowering the New Hampshire tobacco tax, Rep. Patrick Abrami, R-Stratham, said the move was necessary to help small businesses rebound and strengthen a competitive advantage in lower cigarette taxes with neighbor states. “We have reached the tipping point,” Abrami said about the sizeable increase in tobacco taxes that had taken plac ... Jump to full article >>