Doctor: Smoking kills more people than drugs; raise state cigarette tax

Doctor: Smoking kills more people than drugs; raise state cigarette tax

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - The director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center went to Frankfort Wednesday to lobby for a higher cigarette tax.

Doctor Jason Chesney told a legislative panel that smoking-related diseases, including lung cancer, are killing more Kentuckians than the opioid epidemic.

He says raising the state cigarette tax by $1 per pack would combat the "cycle of death" caused by smoking.

A bill to raise the tobacco tax has not been introduced in the General Assembly.

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