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Dr. Baechler Testifies on Tobacco Tax


 Today, Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler, a cardiologist, the Vice President of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health, and a volunteer with the American Heart Association, testified before the Senate Tax Reform Committee. The committee heard three proposals that would raise the tobacco tax different amounts—Governor Dayton’s $.94 per pack increase, Sen. Nelson’s $1.29 per pack increase, and Sen. Dibble’s $1.60 per pack increase. Dr. Baechler, speaking on behalf of AHA, expressed her support for all three proposals: “The most important thing we can do as adults, and you can do as lawmakers is to make sure that tobacco products are as difficult as possible for kids to get their hands on. One way to do this is to significantly increase the price of tobacco.” Please ask your legislators to support this important, lifesaving measure!

Please ask your legislators to save lives and money by supporting an increase in tobacco tax!

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