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Tobacco use and obesity cost Oregonians neary $3 billion every in medical costs and lost productivity. Tobacco alone causes 22 percent of all deaths in Oregon -- more than alcohol, car crashes, illegal drug use, combined! In fact, if all these costs were added up to each pack of cigarettes, smokers would have to pay more than $11 per pack.
These are relatively easy steps the legislature can take to begin addressing these problems: let people know how many calories they are eating, and encourage them to quit smoking by raising the tobacco tax (it is well know that for every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes, consumption drops by abour 4-5 percent. Calorie labeling is based on the idea that people need information to make "responsible personal choices." And by raising tobacco taxes, people will have a real choice: pay the true cost of tobacco or quit.
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