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Poll: Most Nebraskans support increasing cigarette taxes to relieve property taxes

by Pamela M. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

According to a recent poll, a majority of Nebraska voters are in favor of increasing the state's cigarette tax, and using the money to provide property tax relief and smoking-cessation programs.

The American Cancer Society released a survey indicating that 68 percent of likely voters in Nebraska favor raising taxes on tobacco. A portion of the new revenue would go to property tax relief and to programs to help smokers quit. Only 29 percent of respondents strongly or somewhat opposed the idea.

According to the poll, 78 percent of Nebraska voters said it was important to fund programs that will prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, with 36 percent saying that was very important.

The telephone and cellphone poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and had a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.

The Tax Modernization Committee is currently considering the tobacco tax increase.  We encourage you to contact members of the Tax Modernization Committee and ask them to approve the Tobacco Tax increase.

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