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Do you support a $1 increase in the state's cigarette tax?

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It is March already and the State of Rhode Island has yet to formally decide how it will close the $360-odd million budget deficit by the end of June.

One thing that nearly every political leader agrees upon is the need to keep "broad-based" taxes at current levels. But one tax proposal still has seen some support on Smith Hill.

Do you think that raising the cigarette tax by $1 is the right thing to do help close the state budget gap?

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Anything that will discourage smoking benefits every taxpayer. An additional $1/pack tax doesn't begin to address the multiple scourges that smoking brings on us all. Our collective tab for healthcare will be meaningfully reduced only to the extent that smoking is reduced--by whatever means.

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