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Here’s hoping Kentucky shared in the national decline in teen smoking reported recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
USA Today attributes an “historic drop in smoking,” not just among teens but across all age groups, to a 62-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax in 2009.
Raising the federal tax to $1.01 a pack has brought in about $30 billion in new revenue to the U.S. treasury.
Meanwhile, some 3 million fewer Americans smoked in 2011 than in 2009, even though the population has increased.
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