Doctors Meet To Back Governor’s Plan To Raise Cigarette Taxes
Physicians from around Ohio met at the statehouse on Thursday to announce support the governor's plan to increase the cigarette tax.
The doctors were joined by community activists all endorsing Kasich's proposal which goes right after smokers.
Kasich's budget will increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 60 cents. It will also tax e-cigarettes for the first time.
It allocates nearly $27 million for the Ohio Department of Health to pay for a five-year tobacco prevention program.
Dr. William Cotton from Nationwide's Children Hospital says another goal of the tax increase is to get parents to stop smoking.
“A child that's in a home where their parents, their role models, are smoking, they're going to think it's cool and will want to smoke. So, if parents can stop that's a big impact on their kids,” said Cotton.
Not all lawmakers are in agreement on the cigarette tax.
House budget committee chairman Ron Amstutz told 10TV that he's concerned about how this affects low income Ohioans who are addicted to nicotine.