Tobacco Tax (HB 2231)

March 19, 2018

Media Contact Kristi Zukovich, 316-491-8419

The House Tax committee held a hearing on HB 2231 on March 15 at 3:30 p.m. to support tax increases on tobacco products, which would also increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation. Supporters of the effort are proposing a $1.50 increase on cigarettes, an increase on other tobacco products and a $5 million fund for tobacco prevention and cessation.

KHF is supportive of this effort to reduce tobacco use in Kansas. Currently 17.2% of Kansas adults smoke. We also know that tobacco use affects many groups across Kansas — pregnant women (and low birthweight babies), children being exposed to second-hand smoke, youth who begin smoking, individuals with mental illness, lower-income Kansans, minorities and long-term smokers.

Read KHF testimony on HB 2231.

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