Chief Operating Officer of OneZone
I can agree with the fact that it is a tax, but I would consider it more of a user fee. If a cigarette tax would be put into place tomorrow I, and other nonsmokers, would not be affected due to the fact we don’t smoke.
So why would a chamber bring up smoking as an issue for them to watch? Just look at the Indiana Chamber’s report that shows smoking causes $2.8 billion in productivity losses in our state and nearly $3.3 billion in annual health care costs. Hard to put a “patch” on $6.2 billion. I am not alone in thinking that an increase is a good idea. According to poll by the Indiana Chamber, 62% of those surveyed across the state supported a $2.00 tax increase.
As this session continues, we hope to see the support for groups like Raise it for Health continue to grow. We also hope this pack size of support today grows to a carton size of support soon from legislators, because let’s face it … Smoking is a pain in the butt for everyone.