HEALTHBEAT Tobacco use: still a problem
It's safe to say that over the past few decades, billions of dollars have been spent in the United States on reducing tobacco use.
It has had an impact. The number of adults who smoke has declined st... Posted on 11/15/12 at 2:30 PM
The Daily Globe recently published an opinion piece by Thomas Briant, Executive Director of the Minnesota Wholesale Marketers Association, where he states that increases in tobacco taxes and fees are outrageous. We thought, at first, that his article was a late April Fool’s Day joke.
Nobles County C.A.F.E. (Clean Air for Everyone) Coalition
, April 21, 2009
In Thomas A. Briant’s letter to the editor, he states hat the taxes placed on tobacco products is outrageous. Does he have any inkling as to how outrageous the costs in financial obligations, illnesses and —yes — deaths, resulting from tobacco products are?
Hold on to your wallets, smokers. On the heels of President Obama’s expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, by taxing cigarettes an additional 62 cents a pack, the Minnesota Legislature is looking to add another dollar per pack to the cost of lighting up.
Within a year of Minnesota enacting the state health impact fees in 2005, which included fees of 75 cents per pack of cigarettes and 35 percent of the wholesale price on cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco, sales of tobacco products dropped as much as 30 percent.
Thomas A. Briant, Executive Director, Minnesota Wholesale Marketers Association
, April 15, 2009
LUVERNE — She has fondly been referred to as the Smoke Nazi, has a no-smoking sign tattooed on her upper arm and — for residents in Nobles and Rock counties — is the woman who led a local campaign to pass a state-wide smoking ban in indoor public spaces including bars and restaurants.
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