Aspen should use tobacco taxes for their…


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Mr. Mayor and Honorable Members of (Aspen) Metropolis Council,

Having learn an Aspen Occasions article right now (Sept. 6) concerning the supply of funds from taxes on cigarettes (“Aspen sitting on tons of of hundreds of {dollars} in tobacco tax income“), I implore you to take motion to create a plan to be used of those funds instantly and into the long run. There ought to be a well-thought-out technique for the way to deploy this cash to discourage smoking and vaping by youngsters.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention web site signifies that just about 9 out of 10 people who smoke began earlier than they had been 18 and almost 99% by the point they had been 26. The identical web site web page signifies that in 2020, 85% of highschool college students and 74% of center college college students who used tobacco merchandise up to now 30 days reported utilizing a flavored tobacco product throughout that point.



We will debate the effectiveness of sin taxes at one other time, however every year that these packages to struggle dependancy (on this case nicotine) go uncreated or unfunded, one other class of scholars grows up and has the chance to smoke or vape. Perhaps they’d anyway; I’m unsure. However these monies had been collected with the consent of the group, and the aim was to finance psychological wellness packages, well being and human providers and substance use and dependancy. All worthy targets, particularly lately. These funds shouldn’t be allotted in an advert hoc method — there ought to be a plan based mostly on profitable packages, and it ought to be adopted and up to date usually.

Each new smoker is a lifetime funding supply for tobacco and vaping corporations. Youngsters are being focused, and the least we are able to do is attempt to struggle again. It begins at house, however we even have funds for use. Please use them correctly and shortly.



John Corcoran

Outdated Snowmass

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