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Cancer society calls for action to help people quit tobacco

As the American Cancer Society promotes its 47th Annual Great American Smokeout Thursday, it is asking elected officials to protect the health of all Hoosiers by increasing tobacco taxes to invest in tobacco control programs.

“The Great American Smokeout is about helping people quit, and we know that significantly increasing tobacco taxes and dedicating a portion of the revenue to tobacco control programs is one of the best ways to encourage quitting,” said Bryan Hannon, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network government relations director in an email. “A tax increase of $2 per pack of cigarettes with a parallel tax on all other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, would generate revenue, protect kids and save lives. Increasing the cigarette tax by $2 per pack would help 50,200 adults who smoke quit and save 19,900 lives. Significant tobacco tax increases are one of the most effective ways to prevent kids from starting to use tobacco and help those already addicted to quit.”