Higher tobacco taxes will benefit our children and grandchildren

Missouri tobacco tax is 17 cents per pack, by far the lowest in the country. The national average is $ 1.49 per pack. Proposal B on the ballot on November adds 75 cents to the tax.

This new tax will generate more than $ 250 million revenue, specially designed for elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as support for tobacco prevention and cessation. The rise in prices at this level always leads to a reduction in cigarette smoking, along with a surge in demand for smoking cessation programs.

But much more important is the enormous health benefits of B will offer our children for generations to come.

Nearly 10 out of 12 smoker’s life began smoking at the age of 16. Tobacco marketers spend more than $ 1,000 on advertising for each child or adolescent smokers in captivity. Our children often become addicted before they have developed the good sense to understand all the consequences of what they did. There are 1.5 million children living in Missouri today, and about 300,000 of them are projected to become dependent smokers at the age of 18. However, conservative econometric estimates show that 73% of the rise in prices will deter about 40,000 Missouri children today from dependent smokers. And smoking, of course, would affect their health throughout their lives. Early death occurs in half of all smokers who die on average 15 years ahead of their time.

Currently, Missouri has one of the highest youth smoking rates in the country, which leads to costly diseases: emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cancer, heart disease, asthma and stroke. Smoking also contributes to high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and aging skin. Tobacco-related illnesses are estimated every home Missouri $ 586 a year, which we pay for through increased insurance premiums and taxes.

The damage to our grandchildren did not care. Our daughter smoking cigarettes will soon have their own children. Each year, in Missouri, smoking causes about 1,800 low birth weight and premature infants (450 preterm and 1350 underweight term births). Children of mothers who smoke are also more likely to have problems at school or mental retardation later in childhood.

How much will a cigarette smoker actually have to pay? A typical pack-a-day smoker spends about $1,600 per year for the habit, and the new tax will add $267 per year. Proposition B opponents argue that 73 cents is an “outrageous 729 percent tax increase.” However, the actual added cost is the same as just 3 cigarettes per day for the average smoker. Cut out 3 cigarettes, and it costs nothing.

A “Yes” vote on Proposition B in November is a vote for the health and welfare of our children and our grandchildren, and it will improve the quality of education and lower health insurance costs for everyone. Occasionally we have given the opportunity to do so much, so easily, for so much.

Dr. Cooperstock, professor of pediatrics at the women’s and children’s hospital at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He writes as a representative of the Missouri Department of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

School Boards Association supports the initiative of taxes on tobacco

Missouri School Boards Association voted to support a plan that will increase the Missouri low-in-the-nation tax on cigarettes from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents starting in January.

MO School Boards Association’s press Brent Hahn said: “We believe that it’s kind of hard argument to make it, we must remain low taxes on tobacco in the country, we are still trying to find new sources of revenue to fund public education and other things that we need here in Missouri.” Office of the State Auditor assesses the increase in tobacco taxes will generate up to more than $ 400 million a year. Half the money will go to public school districts, 30% with higher education and 20% of the effort to prevent people from using tobacco and to help them quit smoking.

Initiative spokeswoman Misty Snodgrass said: “It’s not just health care organizations. It is not only educational institutions. We get a significant number of endorsements from the business community.” Some smokers Jefferson said they were tired of being an easy target, allowing the government to tell them when and where they can smoke and how much they pay in additional taxes. Smoker Lynn Ritter said: “I think it’s outrageous. I wish they would pick on someone else for our taxes.”

Smoke shop owner Jefferson City, said higher taxes on tobacco will not stop people from lighting. We Be smokin’owner Tommy Norman said: “When people are ready to quit, they do. You can not take a pill to stop smoking. You must do this in your mind.” Officials from the Office of the Secretary of State need to know if the supporters submitted enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot sometime in August.

Illinois legislators have recently increased the tax on tobacco products on the dollar. This led to an increase in the national average tax on tobacco from $ 1.46 to $ 1.49. Missouri Association of School Boards reserve potential November ballot initiative asking the voters of Missouri to increase taxes on tobacco products for the benefit of the school.

The union voted Tuesday to support a plan that would raise the Missouri low-in-the-nation tax on cigarettes from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents starting in January. The state auditor’s office estimates the initiative will create between $ 283 million and $ 423 million a year. Fifty percent of the funds will go to the school districts, 30 percent with higher education and 20 percent effort to prevent people from tobacco use and help them to quit it.

Secretary of State office has not yet been determined if the supporters submitted enough signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Taxes on tobacco products

Californians voted overwhelming to endorse Proposition 28, which will make radical changes within the time limit, the law in California. But the fate of the proposal 29, which would increase taxes on tobacco, remains uncertain in early returns. Proposition 28 would reduce the number of years; lawmakers could serve from 14 to 12 years, although they could serve all these years in one house.

If the proposal 29 managed to maintain their early lead, tobacco taxes can be increased by $ 1 per pack, on top of 87-percent tax already in place. Most of California’s coast, along with Bay Area counties — including Santa Clara, Contra Costa and San Mateo — were carrying the yes vote on the tobacco tax, while Los Angeles County was narrowly siding against the ballot measure in the early voting.

In 25.5 percent of the 21,993 government sites reporting “yes” campaign on 29 clung to a thin lead, 50.6 per cent to 49.4 per cent, a margin of 30,000 votes with more than 2.4 million votes counted. “We are encouraged because we were ahead from the start,” said Jim Knox, a spokesman Yes 29 campaign. “I do not know if the initiative campaign has never won in the face of $ 46 million opposition campaign. It would be historic on many levels. We feel confident, because we think voters will see through the smokescreen of the tobacco companies.”

No 29 campaign, however, still hopes to win pulled, said Beth Miller, a spokesman for the campaign. “It’s still very early, and apparently it’s very close,” Miller said. “We talked all the time, as voters looked at, they reject the measure based on the deficiencies contained therein. We expected that it would close and we think that this will be a long night.”

The measures to change the term limits law of California, Proposition 28, winning 2 to 1. “It seems that the majority of Californians understand that Prop. 28 would tighten the time limit still give legislators the tools they need.” said Dan Schnur, director of the University of Southern California’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. If the proposal passes of 29, about $ 735 million in annual revenue will go to research, smoking cessation programs, a means of buying and law enforcement efforts to reduce tobacco black market.

The measure was supported by the organization of health care, such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. The number of anti-tax group headed by the opposition campaign, but the tobacco giants Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds, the U.S. funded the effort, outspending “yes” campaign, $ 46 million to $ 10 million.

The opposition claims that the initiative to create a new state bureaucracy, run by un-elected officials who may decide to send the proceeds out of the state research institutions in circumstances where the tax dollars needed to fix the $ 15.7 billion state budget deficit. Proponents argue that the tobacco companies were just trying to protect the nearly $ 1 billion in profits and have been smoke to distract from the real issues.

For comparison, Proposition 28 was stealthily slides on the main campaign, until last week when opponents began branding the media blitz action “scam.” In the last-minute effort, opponents raised $ 834,900, most of them for television advertising and the robot calls and the support of voters remains high in the polls.

Supporters, including the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and the League of Women Voters, raised about $ 2.3 million. But they have most of it to collect signatures to put the measure on the ballot, and counting on the support of the editorial and other “free media” to persuade voters. Lawmakers are now able to serve three to two years in the Assembly and two four-year term in the State Senate. Measure would not benefit any of the current policy, unlike the previous two initiatives in 2002 and 2008, voters rejected i

Raising tobacco taxes save lives, generates income

A group of American University of Beirut researchers found that raising taxes on tobacco products will reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases, as well as to attract much-needed revenue into the state treasury, AUB press release on Thursday.
One-year study funded by the Canadian International Development Research Center under the direction of three members of the AUB Tobacco Research Control Group: Professor Rima Nakkash, Jad Chaaban, and Nisreen Salti.
“Raising taxes on tobacco products was the most effective policies to protect youth and to help curb the morbidity and mortality from tobacco,” said Rima Nakkash, associate professor of health promotion and public health, and one of the key personnel in the study.
“Countries such as Turkey, which has a higher rate than smoking Lebanon, failed to adopt strict tobacco control policies, including raising taxes on tobacco products, and we believe that Lebanon could be the next success story, but we need support and close cooperation with the political leadership, in particular, ministries of finance and health to achieve this success, “she added.
Taxes now account for 30 to 50 percent of the retail price significantly lower than average shares of income, who charge 70-80 per cent tax on tobacco products. Given that the average price of imported cigarettes are relatively low in Lebanon ($ 1.6/pack, compared with $ 2.5/pack in the upper middle income and $ 5/pack in high-income countries), research has shown that there are significant opportunities to raise tobacco prices as part of a national strategy for tobacco control to protect the life of the Lebanese people.
Lebanon has ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in February 2005; there is no national policy that requires an increase in tobacco tax, as stipulated by the Convention.
“Today in Lebanon, there has been no studies aimed at providing financial and social effects of higher taxes on tobacco products,” said Jad Chaaban, Assistant Professor of Economics and a leading researcher in the economic study. “Our study focused on the domestic consumption of tobacco products, consisting mainly of imported cigarettes, local cigarettes and pipe tobacco water.”
The study showed that if taxes were increased by about 140 percent on average in local and imported cigarettes, consumption will be reduced by 92 per cent for local cigarettes by 7 per cent on imported cigarettes, and 26 percent of the water pipes. This means that the price of local cigarettes to LBP in 1250 (0.8 U.S. dollars) per pack, while the import of cigarettes and water pipes will be LBP 4750 (3.2 U.S. dollars) per pack, and 4,000 LBP (2,6 USD ) on tobacco packaging, respectively.
“Total expenditure on these goods reached 553 million U.S. dollars in 2010 to U.S. $ 512 million spent on 307 million packs of imported cigarettes,” said Nisreen Salti, assistant professor of economics and a member of the study. “Given that the price increase is greater than the fall in consumption, the net income impact on public finances is positive: an increase in tobacco taxes will generate 127 million dollars in additional state revenue, about 52 percent more than today,” said Salti.
“Part of the proceeds from higher taxes may subsequently be targeted national prevention programs for tobacco control and cessation programs, so as to extract more benefits from this scheme of taxation,” said Chaaban. “This is a situation of” win-win “as a life-saving and increase government revenue.”

Taxes on tobacco products

Arena developers did not say how much money from the tobacco tax will help to strengthen the development around the hockey arena complex Allentown, but they recognize that it is so much money that cigarette-selling wholesale generating company is prohibited from leaving the zone of the arena tax.
Downtown Wholesale, wholesale cigarettes, with headquarters in the area Neighborhood Improvement Allentown, will be held hostage in the area until the city pays the credit he should build its $ 158 million hockey arena for the Phantoms minor league. This is the only company that can never leave, in accordance with the contract master developer conditionally approved last week the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority.
“Well, I would not use the word hostage, but yes, City Center Wholesale is contractually obligated to remain in the bottom,” said the lawyer ACIDA Jerome Frank. “Downtown generates a large amount of revenue Bottom. Basically it protects and provides a revenue stream.” Downtown Wholesale officials will not say how heavy the flow, but also a unique 130-acre tax Allentown district is designed to collect all state and local taxes except for property taxes, for use in the construction of the arena and surrounding development. And a few things generate state tax dollars as sales of cigarettes.
For each pack of cigarettes sold in the state with the $ 1.60 tax on tobacco. In 2010, the city center east of Allentown purchased wholesale basis Dorward Wholesale and moved it to the area, Dorward sold 4.5 million packs of cigarettes and cigarette state tax is paid $ 7.2 million in 2011. State Department of Revenue officials said that the sale of cigarettes to happen to improve the areas of tax revenue a cigarette, to be eligible for use in construction-related arena. Most of those 4500000 cigarette packs were sold outside the zone. However, City Center has created a wholesale model, which allows for much more sales occur in the zone before they are delivered in dozens of outlets.
Downtown Wholesale is a subsidiary of City Center Investment Corporation, which is co-owner Joe Topper. Topper also owns Lehigh Gas Corporation, which operates 180 stores and gas in six states, including 45 in Pennsylvania. This allows you to buy their gas Lehigh cigarettes to the new City Centre Hall Street Wholesale warehouse in the tax area, in front of the distribution of its stores. If the distributor of cigarettes store is created in the area of the neighborhood, where the improvement of their customers pick up their cigarettes, the tax on these transactions fall within the zone, regardless of where the retail stores, said the State Department of Revenue spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassel.
Investment Officials Town Center would not discuss how much Bottom entitled to a tax wholesale company generates, but ACIDA CEO Scott Unger said that, as expected, millions of dollars a year. That’s why city officials Investment Centre, in its development agreement with ACIDA, agreed to hold a cigarette seller in the zone as long as it exists, which is expected to be the 30th year of his life in bonds to be sold to pay for construction.
“This company produces a significant amount of revenue and income plays an important role in assisting in financing the project arena and related development,” Unger said. “This ensures that the developer pays a share of the cost.” City Centre investment is stills the only developer that has been approved to improve the revenue area. It was suggested that three office buildings and a hotel totaling $ 200 million in investments and was approved at $ 135 million line of credit that can be returned to the tenant area of increasing income tax.
Under the agreement, the master developer to get approval ACIDA that line of credit, City Center Investment agrees to pay at least $ 3.8 million per year to finance a portion of the arena complex, which will be used for hotel guests and office tenants, such as parking deck, the setting for banquets and restaurants. Downtown Investment Chief Operating Officer Jim Harbaugh said that the company offered a stipulation that the city center remain in the wholesale area. He did not comment on how much revenue it generates, but said that it is more convenient to require wholesale company to stay in the area because it has only 20 people.
“Lehigh Gas $ 2 billion a year business with a place in six states,” Harbaugh said. “It would be unfair to require her to stay in the area for 30 years. Anything can happen. Center City Wholesale made the most sense.”
In fact, ACIDA stated that it makes the most of the dollars and cents.

Raising tobacco taxes lead to success

Veteran anti-smoking advocate Prakit Vathesatogkit was recently elected secretary-general of the International Network of Health Bsics. He speaks with APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL about their work and problems in development of health promotion activities around the world.
What is the INHPF’s mission?
Prakit: Finance is the biggest battle
The organization was founded in 1999 to improve the effectiveness of health promotion foundations in member countries through the exchange, mutual learning and joint action. The INHPF also mentors and supports the creation of new health founds in member countries and beyond.
It comprises a network of international organizations participating in the financing of health promotion. The interest in this concept is growing after the countries and regions recognized by the advantages of having a sustainable financing for health promotion.
Currently, there are eight full members from seven countries _ Australia, Austria, South Korea, Malaysia, Switzerland, Tonga, Thailand and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.
What are your main tasks as the INHPF secretary-general? How do you plan to place anti-smoking experience over the past 20 years in practice?
The pposition for two years and plays has an important role in the control of other countries to create their own foundation of health. My first task is to find two new full members to join the network every year. There are some countries where the fund health promotion, but are not members of the network.
Why is it important for the international community to have a foundation of health promotion, as in Thailand?
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation is a good example for other countries, especially low-and middle-income countries to develop appropriate prevention and health promotion programming. Thailand helped Mongolia and Shanghai to develop their foundation of health.
At first it was difficult to establish an organization to promote health independent of the bureaucratic system, because the new legislation was necessary. However, finance is the biggest problem. It took almost seven years to create the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.
We must understand that the work and responsibilities of Health Promotion Foundation, is completely different from the health ministry. We do not provide health care services.
But there are a large number of people engaged in high-risk activities such as smoking, alcohol consumption and drunk driving. This is necessary for agencies to improve the health to work with these people.
The health system is quite passive and is concerned only with those who are already ill. Expenses for treatment in Thailand are increasing every year. We can not solve the root cause of many health problems by investing only in the existing system..
Many developing countries did not pay much attention to health promotion in the past. They thought it was only the work of rich, developed countries.
However, when they saw Thailand could do it, they changed their attitude. Malaysia came in. Then Tonga and South Korea joined. Vietnam and Laos are in the process of creating legislation on health promotion.
Does the global recession have any impact on attempts to establish a foundation of health in developing countries?
The money spent on health promotion, as a rule, only about 1% of the total health budget. The point is how to spend that 1% wisely to curb the growth of health problems. The fact that we are working to help save money and prevent illness, but it is less a priority. Risk factors are not addressed in other countries, and are liable to INHPF..
Although donations from some rich countries are no more, more money is available in many countries. But their tax systems should be modified to work as a programmer for health promotion. The best way is to increase the so-called tax sin. Politicians should play a role in collecting tax from tobacco and alcohol for supporting a health promotion system. They shouldn’t wait for donations.
The Lancet, Britain’s weekly medical journal, released research during the last UN summit on non-communicable diseases showing tobacco control was the single most important measure contributing to the reduction of non-communicable diseases. An increase in tobacco tax can help countries run their health programmer to achieve their goals.