Report: Federal Tobacco Tax Increase Would Benefit Health, Education of Colorado Kids

Written by: Tara Manthey
Date Posted: September 27, 2013

More than 5,000 Colorado children from low- and moderate-income families would be able to access high-quality preschool, and an estimated 30,700 kids would be deterred from becoming addicted smokers, under a federal proposal to raise the tobacco tax. A report released this week by nine national child well-being organizations found that revenue from raising the federal tobacco tax by 94 cents per pack would provide $41.8 million for preschool in Colorado in the first year, as well as save an estimated 17,000 Coloradans from premature, smoking-caused deaths.

The report details the educational and health benefits of the proposal nationwide and in every state. Organizations releasing the report are the National Women’s Law Center, Save the Children, MomsRising, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tara Manthey

About Tara Manthey

Tara McLain Manthey leads the Children’s Campaign’s development, advocacy, and communications efforts. In this role she manages teams advancing and supporting the Children’s Campaign’s work through digital and in-person outreach and philanthropy. She serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, a Denver Public Schools charter school. A citizen of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, Tara serves on the editorial board of the Osage News and is co-founder and co-chair of the Colorado Osage Association. She serves on the board of Denver Indian Family Resource Center and is past chair of the national Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Steering Committee.