ALERT – Contact House Finance Members to Support $1 Tobacco Tax
SB-420 would increase the state’s cigarette tax by $1.00 to $1.55 as well as increase the tax on other tobacco products from 7% to 12% and institute a tax on e-cigerettes. This bill is currently pending in the House Finance Committee.
The economic toll tobacco takes on human lives in West Virginia is enormous. The state spends over $900 million a year on the direct health care costs of smoking, according to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.
It is well documented that increasing the price of tobacco products is the single most effective strategy in reducing tobacco use, especially among youth.
Passage of the $1 increase in the cigarette tax may be the most important vote the legislature will cast this year and will have the greatest long term impact. In addition to providing revenue in this very challenging budget year and into the future, passage of a substantial tobacco tax increase will save lives and prevent thousands of West Virginia children from a lifetime of addition.
Contact members of the House Finance Committee TODAY and ask them to support the tobacco tax increase amounts in SB-420 as it passed the Senate.
House Finance Committee Members:
House Finance Chairman Eric Nelson: Phone: 304-340-3230; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman Eric Householder: Phone: 304-340-3274; Email: email@example.com
Minority Chairman Brent Boggs: Phone: 304-340-3142; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minority Vice Chairwoman Nancy Guthrie: Phone: 304-340-3156; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Bill Anderson: Phone: 304-340-3168; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Mick Bates: Phone: 304-340-3180; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Jim Butler: Phone: 304-340-3199; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Ray Canterbury: Phone: 304-340-3131; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Paul Espinosa: Phone: 304-340-3130; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate David Evans: Phone: 304-340-3151; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Cindy Frich: Phone: 304-340-3125; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Marty Gearheart: Phone: 304-340-3179; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Bill Hamilton: Phone: 304-340-3167; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Linda Longstreth: Phone: 304-340-3124; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Carol Miller: Phone: 304-340-3176; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Ricky Moye: Phone: 304-340-3162; Email: email@example.com
Delegate John O’Neal: Phone: 304-340-3164; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Dave Pethtel: Phone: 304-340-3158; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Doug Reynolds: Phone: 304-340-3280; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Erikka Storch: Phone: 304-340-3378; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Ron Walters: Phone: 304-340-3194; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Terry Waxman: Phone: 304-340-3171; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Steve Westfall: Phone: 304-340-3140; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org