Increasing Mississippi’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack would generate $169.71 million in much needed revenue for the state, as well as:
- Reduce youth smoking by 16.5%;
- Prevent 21,700 kids under 18 from becoming adult smokers;
- Help 25,100 current adult smokers quit;
- Prevent 13,200 premature smoking-caused deaths;
- Provide $987.84 million in long-term health care cost savings from adult and youth smoking declines; and
- Reduce the number of smoking-affected pregnancies by 3,500 over a five-year period.
Increasing the wholesale tax on other tobacco products at the same time would produce additional health and economic benefits for Mississippi. Currently, other tobacco products are taxed at a lower rate than cigarettes, making them an appealing alternative for price-sensitive consumers including youth.
Show your support today for investing in a healthier Mississippi!