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    Raising the tax on cigs even $1 would generate at least $60 million a year even if the tax reduced consumption a bit. If it didn't have any effect on consumption, we could realize a tax revenue of close to 75 million. The legislators' refusal to consider this is absurd. The majority of people who smoke are the people who are least able to afford this unhealthy habit and the least able to afford health care AND the category of people the tobacco industry targets the most. Claiming that it's a "hardship" on the lower socioeconomic group to impose a tax on cigs is utter nonsense. The burden that tobacco use creates on Idahoans is huge. Each Idahoan pays $550 bucks a year in costs for tobacco-related illnesses. Wake up, legislators and stop being so stupid. You need money for the General Fund? For crying out loud, do the right thing for a change, show us that you're not ALL in the pocket of the tobacco industry. And go ahead and raise the tax on alcohol. I'd pay it!

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    LucyLuLee and Joe,

    The comments you've both left are unfortunate and destructive. They're destructive because, since they're not based on fact, they leave a negative impression about what Project Filter does. The fact is, citizens of Idaho do NOT pay for Project Filter's sponsorships. The money for Project Filter's sponsorship of rodeos and racing comes from the Millennium Fund, which is money that the tobacco industries were required to hand over as recognition of the harm that tobacco use has created for decades. Furthermore, Project Filter sponsors rodeos, racing, and other sporting events because that's EXACTLY where we find most tobacco users. Did you know that the highest rates of smoking and chewing are among people who attend rodeos and raceways? Why sponsor health fairs? That would be a WASTE of money. The tobacco industry aggressively promotes its products at places like rodeos, raceways and baseball games, etc. What Project Filter is doing at the Stampede and raceways and other events is called "countermarketing" - it counters the pro tobacco messages of big tobacco with not only anti-tobacco messages but with the offer of free services to help people quit. The free services are made possible through grants and the Millennium fund as well! I'm a member of the Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance and if you're both interested, please feel free to attend one of our quarterly meetings where you can learn more about what Project Filter and many other organizations are doing throughout Idaho to help people quit using tobacco and to prevent kids from starting!

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