EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Letters

November 22, 2012

Letter: Tobacco tax has helped in fight against smoking

To the editor:

In November 1992, voters from across the commonwealth took the courageous step of voting in favor of a referendum that would add a 25-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold in Massachusetts. This tax would be used to help current smokers get the resources to quit when they were ready to make that life-saving decision.

Twenty years later, that quarter tax is responsible for a revolution that has saved lives, prevented youth from becoming addicted, and saved the commonwealth millions of dollars in health-care costs. Since the time of that vote, we have seen a dramatic change in the way we think about tobacco, and that has directly resulted in the elimination of unattended sales to minors at vending machines, increased participation in health-care benefits for quit-smoking medicines and counseling, and our ability to enjoy a meal without being clouded in smoke.

Locally, we have educated adults on emerging tobacco products targeting our youth; supported efforts to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke; and engaged ex-smokers in sharing their quit stories in order to provide inspiration and hope to smokers that want to quit.

We wish to thank the voters in the Merrimack Valley who had the foresight to envision a future free of tobacco and who continue to support their friends and neighbors as they try to quit.

Diane Knight

Director

Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Letters

NDN Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Photos of the Week