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NJ Lawmaker Pushes Tobacco Tax Hike

March 14, 2012   New Jersey lawmakers are considering raising the tax on all non-cigarette tobacco products to the same level as cigarettes. That would add millions to the dollars already flowing into the state’s economy. New Jersey taxes cigarettes at $2.70 a pack, among the highest in the nation. The revenue produced is close to $770 million—but just $1.5 million went to tobacco control programs last year, down from $30 million in 2003. The extra revenue from creating tax parity on all tobacco products would be used to expand efforts to discourage New Jerseyans, especially teens, from picking up the smoking habit.

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