Health groups push for tobacco tax increase

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Health groups rally at Roundhouse in Santa Fe pushing New Mexico to raise taxes on tobacco.

The groups rallied outside the Roundhouse to get their point across.

They say studies show raising taxes reduces tobacco consumption, which ultimately improves public health, especially among youth.

Sandra Adondakis with the American Cancer Society said, “We need to make an investment in comprehensive tobacco control programs, programs to help people quit tobacco, programs to help youth never start.”

The health Groups say the tobacco tax increase would raise $33 million a year. They also claim it could save an estimated 5,100 lives. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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