State lawmakers want to raise taxes on tobacco products


Cancer patients are teaming up with state lawmakers to regulate and tax products that are known to cause cancer. 

The Cancer Action Network held its annual Lobby Day on Thursday to meet with legislators who are pushing public health bills this session. 

The network is advocating for a $1 tax increase on packs of cigarettes sold in Massachusetts. 
They are also working to increase taxes on e-cigarettes by 75 percent, and 80 percent for cigars. 

According to the Cancer Action Network, tobacco addiction causes nearly one-third of cancer deaths. 

This year alone, 40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Massachusetts and more than 12,000 of them will die from the disease.

The group is also hoping to ban on all flavored tobacco products like mint and menthol this session.

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