The results of a poll released Wednesday showed 70% of people support raising Indiana’s cigarette tax by $2.00.
According to Raise it For Health Coalition, a raising of tax would help raise Indiana’s poor public health rankings and develop a strong workforce.
The group has been pushing for a raise in the cigarette tax. In November, before the poll was conducted, Raise it For Health held a rally at the statehouse.
According to a release from the group, the increase in taxes would generate more than $2.6 billion in long-term health care cost savings and over $350 million in new revenue in the first year it would be enacted.
Indiana last raised the cigarette tax in 2007. In 2017, proposals suggested raising the tax $1.50 per pack.