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Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and in Wyoming. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Wyoming's elected officials:

  1. Increase tobacco taxes by a $1.00 or more per pack;
  2. Maintain funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs; and
  3. Pass additional local or state legislation eliminating smoking in public places and workplaces.
During the short 2018 legislative session focused on the two-year state budget, the Joint Revenue Interim Committee sponsored House Bill 43 which would increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products by varying amounts, including a $1.00 per pack increase on cigarettes. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives decided not to introduce the legislation, effectively killing any chance of increasing tobacco taxes during the 2018 session.

Funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs also took a reduction in the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 two-year budget with about a $1.4 million reduction over the two years or $700,000 each year. Funding that previously came from the state general fund was redirected to suicide prevention.

Wyoming's cigarette tax remains one of the lowest in the nation at $0.60 per pack. The American Lung Association in Wyoming will continue working with partners to support increases in tobacco taxes and additional appropriations for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The Lung Association will also support any efforts to pass local or statewide smokefree workplace laws in Wyoming

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