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Excise Tax Resolution

Resolution in Support of an Increase in NC’s Cigarette Tax by at least $1.00

WHEREAS, the use of tobacco products is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in North Carolina1; and


WHEREAS, Nearly 10,400 NC children will become regular daily smokers this year2; and


WHEREAS, the best way to prevent and reduce tobacco use by children is to substantially increase the cost of cigarettes3; and


WHEREAS, a cigarette tax increase of $1.00 would result in a 15.4% decrease in youth smoking rates, prevent 81,200 NC children from becoming addicted adult smokers and saving 39,100 young people from premature smoking-related deaths4; and


WHEREAS, NC’s cigarette tax is currently 45-cents, the 7th lowest in the nation, and the current average cigarette tax among all states is $1.45; and


WHEREAS, in contrast to NC’s low cigarette tax is the fact that for every pack sold in NC, it costs North Carolina taxpayers $7.17 per pack in health care costs to treat the serious chronic diseases brought on by cigarette smoking; and


WHEREAS, the use of tobacco products costs the State $2.46 billion in direct healthcare costs ($769 million in Medicaid expenses alone), and $3.3 billion in lost productivity annually4; and


WHEREAS, North Carolina faces another significant budget deficit for the FY2012-13 budget; and


WHEREAS, these deficits risk cuts to important programs affecting the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and more reductions may be threatened; and


WHEREAS, an increase in the cigarette tax of $1.00 would generate an estimated $338.4 million in new revenue in the first year4.


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the cigarette tax in North Carolina be increased by at least $1.00 a pack.           

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[1] North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Task Force on Prevention, May 2008

[2] “The Toll of Tobacco in NC,” Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

[3] D Hopkins & J Fielding: The Guide to Community Preventive Services: Tobacco Use Prevention & Control. Am. Journal of Preventive Medicine; 20:2S

[4] “New Revenues, Public Health Benefits & Cost Savings From A $1.00 Cigarette Tax Increase In North Carolina” Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.$1)%2012-07-10.pdf



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