A new poll in Michigan reveals 81% of voters want higher taxes on all tobacco products to reduce usage statewide.
According to WLNS-TV, the survey showed strong support for tobacco tax hikes as a means to curb smoking. 67% also favored banning flavored e-cigarettes.
The Smoke-Free Kids movement reports smoking costs Michigan $5.33 billion in healthcare expenses annually, including $1.46 billion in Medicaid costs or $1,140 per household. Smoking also causes a $11.5 billion productivity loss.
A formal vote on tobacco tax increases could occur in 2024. The poll indicates broad support for using higher tobacco taxes to reduce smoking, especially among youth, in Michigan.