Obama's proposed cigarette-tax increases gain support of public-health groups

09/26/2013 | Hill, The

A report unveiled Wednesday by a coalition of nine public-health and legal groups found that President Barack Obama's planned 94-cents-per-pack increase to the federal cigarette tax would put 2 million poor and middle-income children through preschool. Taxes on other tobacco products would go up proportionately, amounting to about $78 billion in extra revenue over the next 10 years. "Taken together, these two measures would help ensure a future of smart, healthy kids nationwide and in every state," the report said.

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