We hope this life-saving proposal doesn’t go up in smoke

January 3, 2018, Sun Herald, The Editorial Board- The Mississippi Legislature should raise the cigarette tax $1.50 a pack, at least. The Main reason we support this tax increase is Mississippians don’t have to pay it if they don’t want to. All they have to do is stop smoking. And that would be good for everyone. First and foremost, it would save lives. You would think anyone who enjoys life would give up smoking. Statistics indicate otherwise. Once a teen lights up. the smoke affects his or her brain within seconds. Soon, they’ll find it hard to wrench themselves from nicotine’s warm embrace. Scientists and doctors in 1987 concluded nicotine addiction is harder to kick than heroin. A tax increase could help, the three groups say.

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