Oregon Legislators Want to Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids

Secondhand smoke in cars is 27 percent more concentrated than in smoker’s homes, according to the California EPA

February 21, 2013 -- Republican Rep. Jim Thompson of Dallas said that enacting a ban on smoking in cars with children isn’t about restricting personal choice. It’s about shielding those who don’t have a choice to be around secondhand smoke.

Tobacco tax revenue projections off by as much as 20 percent

Cigarette tax increases in Washington drive sales in Oregon, making accurate predictions difficult

May 23, 2012 -- Smoking and tobacco use currently provides Oregon with approximately $260 million in tax revenue each year, not nearly enough to account for the $2.4 billion that tobacco products cost the state each year. Still, the tobacco tax is a revenue stream, one that is expected to provide the general fund with $132.3 million for the 2011-13 budget. While that is only slightly less than 1 percent of the general fund budget, it would be a lot of money to scramble for if that revenue source ran dry.


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