The tobacco market is changing rapidly and Ohio's laws governing tobacco have not kept up. As a result, many tobacco products are either skirting existing laws or just aren't covered at all.
As smoke-free laws become more prevalent, warning labels more graphic and advertising to our youth more restrictive, tobacco companies are creating new tobacco products and finding innovative ways to hook our kids and keep existing customers addicted -- and they often use Ohio as a test market.
The products are changing, but the goal remains the same -- to profit from a deadly addiction. And to top it off, without a revenue source Ohio is set to defund our Quitline, a service that helps Ohioans end their deadly addictions to tobacco. We'd become the first state without a tobacco cessation QuitLine!
Our legislature is considering the Tobacco Modernization Act of 2011, a common-sense solution that will update Ohio's tobacco laws, reduce tax evasion and reduce youth access to tobacco products.
Take action today to voice your support for the Tobacco Modernization Act of 2011. Tell them: "Don't Hang Up on Ohio!"
Ohio's laws governing tobacco have not kept up with the rapidly changing tobacco market. As a result, many tobacco products are either skirting existing laws or are not covered at all. Ohio's tobacco taxes have not kept pace with national trends, and our unchecked smoking rate among Medicaid recipients begs for reform. Also, with a looming budget deficit, we need to eliminate tax credits that no longer make sense and prevent tax evasion to maximize revenue.
The Tobacco Modernization Act of 2011 is a common-sense solution that will update Ohio's tobacco laws, reduce tax evasion and reduce youth access to tobacco products. The proposal will:
○ Increase the state's cigarette tax by $1.25 and generate $347 million annually;
○ Reclassify filtered "little cigars" as cigarettes;
○ Change existing smokeless tobacco language to cover new tobacco products;
○ Eliminate the tobacco tax credits;
○ Institute high-tech stamps;
○ Equalize the other tobacco products tax to refund tobacco prevention and cessation efforts; and
○ Provide cessation counseling to Medicaid recipients for Medicaid Cost Containment
I urge your support of the Tobacco Modernization Act which would provide revenue for our budget deficit, ensure Ohio doesn't become the first state without a QuitLine and reduce future healthcare costs by reducing tobacco-use rates. A Win-Win-Win for Ohio!