“[Each year] tobacco kills 400,000 people [and costs] $200 billion [to treat. Alcohol] kills 100,000 a year and costs $200 billion…”

Doug Robinson: Utah’s Glen Hanson has had an impressive career – Deseret News – July 4, 2015


Testifying before the [Utah] state Legislature a few years ago, he argued that the tax on tobacco should be raised as a means to attack teen smoking. “I said 90 percent of those who smoke start as teens, and if you increase the cost of tobacco you will decrease use. It’s as simple as that . . . ”

Then Hanson winced at the argument made against it. “They said if you raise the tax,” he recalls, “people will go to Wyoming to buy tobacco and Utah will lose revenue!” Hanson lets that sentence hang there for a moment, allowing the daftness of such an argument to settle. “They passed the law, raised the tax and, guess what’s happened? Smoking has declined almost 30 percent just as research indicated. And lawmakers complain because of lost revenue!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s