Resolution on Tobacco Control
The Richmond Academy of Medicine Describe the Idea or Issue: Cancer incidence and overall health care costs in Virginia are clearly related to the use of tobacco products by our citizens. Virginia’s tax on cigarettes is only 30 cents per pack compared to the national average of $1.65 per pack. The tobacco habit resulting from nicotine frequently begins in youth where price is especially important. Increasing the tobacco tax and increasing funding for tobacco use prevention programs will dissuade young adults from initiating the use of tobacco products.
The Richmond Academy of Medicine would like the Medical Society of Virginia to strongly support a tobacco tax equivalent to at least the national average as a measure to reduce tobacco use in our population and to support legislation which would require that the funds generated by an increase in the state tobacco tax be used to support health related programs for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Furthermore, RAM asks MSV to make this issue a high priority in 2019 to coincide with the American Cancer Society’s efforts in the next General Assembly Session.
Background information can be found on pages 63-67 of appendix