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Letters to the Editor • TAXES: Federal

How the SCHIP Tobacco Tax Will Effect Non-Smokers

Many non-smokers have said this new tobacco tax doesn\'t affect them. Think again! 


When the Children\'s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 goes into effect on April 1, 2009, there will be unintended consequences for everyone in the United States - whether or not they smoke.  There are also expected consequences, such as cigarette smuggling across our border.  According to the Arizona Department of Revenue, increased taxes on tobacco will increase black market sales as well as tobacco smuggling from Mexico.  Within a year of the enactment of this tobacco tax, our federal government will begin a study to find out how much revenue is being lost to tobacco smuggling and to find ways to recover this lost revenue.  However, those are only the expected consequences.  To find out how this law will affect you, your family and our nation, read "SCHIP Tobacco Tax:  Bad News for Smokers - Worse News for the U.S." at: 

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