New cigarette taxes could be on ballot in hesitant states _ daily mail online

In this June 23, 2016 photo, Kenneth Houser takes a puff on an electronic cigarette at the We B Smokin store where he works in Jefferson City, Mo. Gas law questions and answers Houser says he has smoked traditional cigarettes since age 13 but is trying to quit, partly because of the potential for prices to rise under a pair of tobacco tax initiatives proposed for the Missouri ballot. F gas regulations (AP Photo/David A. Z gas cd juarez telefono Lieb)

Victories by anti-tobacco advocates would add to a surge that has already raised tens of billions of dollars for states while helping drive down the nation’s smoking rate, from about a quarter of adults in 1990 to fewer than 17 percent in the most recent surveys.

From 2000 through 2014, states raised their cigarette taxes nearly 120 times, helping generate more than $85 billion of additional revenue, according to an Associated Press analysis of state-by-state figures compiled by the economic consulting firm Orzechowski and Walker, which is funded by the tobacco industry.

More than a dozen additional cigarette tax hikes have been enacted since then. Astrid y gaston lima menu prices They include July 1 increases that will raise West Virginia’s tax to $1.20 a pack and Connecticut’s to $3.90, the second highest nationally behind New York’s $4.35.

In June, California became only the second state behind Hawaii to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 under a new law that also regulates electronic cigarettes.

“What we’ve seen is momentum, and I think voters are ready to take the next step,” said Mike Roth, a spokesman for the Save Lives California coalition backing the ballot initiative.

California voters narrowly rejected two previous tobacco tax measures, in 2012 and 2006. Gas under a dollar Missouri voters did the same to three tobacco tax initiatives over the past 14 years.

A petition being circulated in North Dakota would raise the cigarette tax from 44 cents a pack to $2.20. Find a gas station near me A California initiative seeks a $2 increase to the current 87-cent-a-pack tax. Electricity number The Colorado proposal would ask voters to raise the cigarette tax by $1.75 a pack to a total of $2.59.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids estimates that every 10 percent increase in cigarette prices leads to a 4 percent decline in cigarette consumption. Electricity quiz 4th grade It says smaller tax increases often have little effect, because the tax is more easily absorbed into the overall price or offset with discounts.

The potential financial hit from Missouri’s proposed tax hikes has already helped persuade We B Smokin clerk Kenneth Houser, 32, to give up the cigarettes that he first started smoking at age 13.

Even with declining sales, states that have raised cigarette taxes have seen an increase in revenue. V gas llc But in many states, that revenue surge has diminished over time, and some have failed to realize the windfall predicted.

“People find a way to get these cigarettes via the internet or via counterfeit or via the black market or off the (Native American) reservations at a discounted price,” said Mike Rud, president of the North Dakota retail and petroleum marketers associations, which oppose a potential ballot measure.

Supporters of the North Dakota initiative hope to fare better with voters than they did with lawmakers, who defeated higher cigarette taxes last year. Gas finder near me In 2008, voters approved an initiative earmarking part of the state’s tobacco settlement proceeds toward anti-tobacco programs. Rahal e gas card Four years later, they banned smoking in most workplaces.

A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found two-thirds of likely voters favor increasing the state’s cigarette tax to fund health care.

But pre-election polls also found similar levels of general support for tobacco tax increases in California in 2006 and 2012 before the measures were narrowly defeated.

Opponents led by big tobacco companies outspent supporters 4-to-1 to help turn public opinion against the measures. Gas dryer vs electric dryer calculator Supporters had sought a $1 a pack tax hike to fund cancer research in 2012 and a $2.60 increase in 2006 to benefit health care, anti-tobacco efforts and other programs.

The task for tax opponents is to “convince voters that there’s some fatal flaw, that it’s not doing what they had intended or hoped for it to do, or that there’s some reason to question the people who are supporting it,” said Mark Baldassare, president and survey director for the institute.

Such strategies already are at work in Missouri, where big tobacco and smaller cigarette manufacturers are squaring off over two potential November ballot proposals.

One initiative would phase in a 60-cent-a-pack tax hike while also imposing a 67-cent-a-pack surcharge on cigarettes from companies that did not participate in a 1998 legal settlement with states. Electricity production in usa Many of those comparatively smaller companies currently sell lower-priced cigarettes.

The campaign for the tax hike has been largely financed by Reynolds American Inc. Gas variables pogil answers — the parent company for Camel, Newport and Pall Mall cigarettes — because it could end the price advantage of smaller companies.

A separate initiative proposing a phased-in 23-cent-a-pack increase is backed by discount cigarette makers and retailers, who hope it will satisfy calls for higher taxes without significantly affecting sales.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids opposes both measures, asserting they don’t go far enough. Gas x coupon 2014 It would be better to leave the tax unchanged, spokesman John Schachter said, because doing so would “improve the chances of a significant increase in the future.”