Pledge your support for a $1 cigarette tax increase to save lives and money for Wyoming
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in our state, with 800 Wyoming residents dying needlessly from it each year. Roughly 29 percent of all cancer deaths in Wyoming are caused by tobacco use. As if that’s not enough, the state’s health care costs directly related to smoking total $258 million annually. Each taxpayer in Wyoming pays roughly $813 in taxes to offset these health care costs, whether you smoke or not.
This upcoming legislative session, the Legislature will consider a bill to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $1 per pack of cigarettes and increase the price of other tobacco products like chewing tobacco at equal amounts.
This legislation is supported by a broad coalition of public health and medical organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Wyoming Hospital Association and the Wyoming Nurses Association, to name a few. We know that a significant increase in the price of tobacco products will help people quit and prevent kids from starting.
Help us save lives from tobacco use, reduce health care costs and raise new revenue for Wyoming. Join us at www.passthebuckwy.com to take the pledge. Your legislators need to hear from you about this critical issue.