Poll finds Minnesotans Support Raising Price of Tobacco

By KBJR News 1

Poll finds Minnesotans Support Raising Price of Tobacco

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A new poll released last week by the Raise it for Health coalition shows that a large majority of MInnesotans support raising the tobacco tax by $1.50 per pack to address Minnesota's budget deficit, help addicted smokers quit and keep kids from starting to smoke.

"A strong majority of Minnesotans- 66 percent- support increaseing the tobacco tax by 1.50 per pack. By raising the price this year, we can help prevent tens of thousands of kids from a lifetime of addiction and help thousands of adults stop smoking," said Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs at ClearWay Minnesota and co-chair of the Raise It for Health Coalition.

Governor Mark Dayton included a cigarette tax increase in his biennial budget proposal, and increases are also part of both the Senate and House tax bills currently under consideration.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, a $1.50 per pack increase in the state's cigarette tax would prevent 47,7000 Minnesota kids from becoming addicted adults, help 36,600 current smokers quit and save 27,700 Minnesotans from premature smoking-related deaths.

"There is broad agreement among Minnesotans on this issue," said Dr. Bill Morris, president of Decision Resources Ltd., the firm that administered the poll.

The study contains the results of a sample of 625 randomly selected adult residents in the state of Minnesota.

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