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: email@example.com
Vice Chairman Eric Householder: Phone: 304-340-3274; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minority Chairman Brent Boggs: Phone: 304-340-3142; Email: email@example.com
Minority Vice Chairwoman Nancy Guthrie: Phone: 304-340-3156; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Bill Anderson: Phone: 304-340-3168; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Mick Bates: Phone: 304-340-3180; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Jim Butler: Phone: 304-340-3199; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Ray Canterbury: Phone: 304-340-3131; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Paul Espinosa: Phone: 304-340-3130; Email: email@example.com
Delegate David Evans: Phone: 304-340-3151; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Cindy Frich: Phone: 304-340-3125; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Marty Gearheart: Phone: 304-340-3179; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Bill Hamilton: Phone: 304-340-3167; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Linda Longstreth: Phone: 304-340-3124; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Carol Miller: Phone: 304-340-3176; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Ricky Moye: Phone: 304-340-3162; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate John O’Neal: Phone: 304-340-3164; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Dave Pethtel: Phone: 304-340-3158; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Doug Reynolds: Phone: 304-340-3280; E-mail: email@example.com
Delegate Erikka Storch: Phone: 304-340-3378; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Ron Walters: Phone: 304-340-3194; Email: email@example.com
Delegate Terry Waxman: Phone: 304-340-3171; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delegate Steve Westfall: Phone: 304-340-3140; Email: email@example.com