Democrats launched the Tobacco Tax Fairness Act of 2021 to scale back tobacco use in the USA.
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Ron Wyden, and U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, and 7 others launched a bicameral type of the so-called Tobacco Tax Fairness Act of 2021.
In response to the workplace of Sen. Durbin (who serves as the bulk whip), the invoice would scale back youth tobacco use by closing sure loopholes within the tax code that the tobacco business has lengthy exploited to keep away from sure laws and taxes for his or her merchandise.
The invoice would additionally apply tax parity throughout tobacco merchandise, together with establishing the primary federal e-cigarette tax and growing the tobacco tax price for the primary time.
Some public well being specialists declare that the worth of tobacco merchandise is the “single most effective way to reduce tobacco use, especially among youth.”
“Tobacco-related disease accounts for one out of every five deaths in America, and I know that story firsthand,” mentioned Sen. Durbin in a press assertion.
“Data shows that the most effective strategy to prevent children from starting this deadly habit is to price it out of their range. This bill would help reduce tobacco and e-cigarette use by ending loopholes that the industry has exploited to target our children. If America can kick its nicotine addiction it would go a long way to improving our public health for generations to come.”
Durbin and Wyden launched the invoice within the Senate with different sponsoring Sens. Patty Murray, Sherrod Brown, Jack Reed, Jeff Merkley, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, and Mazie Hirono, stories the workplace of Sen. Durbin.
“Loopholes in our tax code continue to favor big tobacco while the American public, especially our youth, pays the price,” mentioned Rep. Krishnamoorthi.
“The Tobacco Tax Equity Act increases taxes on cigarettes and finally imposes taxes on the e-cigarettes hooking our children on nicotine, which would generate billions of dollars in federal revenue. As a father of a high schooler and middle schooler, I’m determined to make sure we end the youth nicotine and vaping epidemic.”
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