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New Poll by Health Groups Says Ohio Voters Favor $1 a Pack Tax on Cigarettes

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

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A new poll conducted for some major health organizations shows Ohioans support raising cigarette taxes. For Ohio Public Radio, Jo Ingles has more.

Shelly Kiser with the American Lung Association says the poll shows 63 percent of Ohio voters favor an increase of a dollar a pack. And she says that’s not all.

“We also found they are supportive of matching the other tobacco products tax, which covers those types of tobacco like e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco, that aren’t covered by the cigarette tax and matching that to the cigarette tax,” Kiser said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed raising cigarette taxes in Ohio by 30 cents a pack this year and 30 more cents next year.

Kiser says the money from Kasich’s plan would not be used for smoking cessation and prevention programs. She says this poll shows 79 percent of those surveyed say if the state does raise the tobacco tax, it is important to dedicate part of the revenue to those prevention and cessation programs.

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