Vermont is currently spending $348 million each year to treat smoking-related illness, $72 million of which are taxpayer-funded Medicaid expenditures. We need to do more to reduce tobacco use and this financial burden.
Increasing Vermont’s cigarette tax by $1.25 is part of the answer. It will prevent 2,400 kids from becoming smokers and spur 2,700 adult smokers to quit. This translates into a savings of $96 million in long-term health care costs.
At a time when the Vermont legislature is looking for more and more ways to reduce the deficit, this is a win-win that improves the health of Vermonters while improving the state’s fiscal outlook.
Urge Vermont legislators to make tobacco prevention a priority. Take action now at: https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/actioncenter.aspx