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So far, we have seen proposals and resolutions related to harm reduction that take a variety of strategies in different states:
Smokeless tobacco tax:
<li;Kentucky: &nbsp;With its tax increase in 2005, language was also added that the General Assembly agreed that "Taxing tobacco products according to relative risk is a rational tax policy..."</li;
<li;Indiana: &nbsp;Language in tax code was added in 2011 when the moist snuff tax was changed, stating that the "general assembly finds that the tax rate on smokeless tobacco should reflect the relative risk between such products and cigarettes."</li;
Studying harm reduction:
<li;Indiana: &nbsp;Senate resolution passed in 2012 to establish a committee to study harm reduction strategies for the legislature</li;
<li;Kansas: &nbsp;House resolution proposed in 2012, but did not pass, to direct the KS Department of Health and Environment to study harm reduction using existing resources</li;
<li;South Carolina: &nbsp;2012 proposal (did not pass) to divert some revenues from the 2010 cigarette tax increase to fund a study on harm reduction</li;
Recognizing harm reduction:
<li;Nebraska: &nbsp;Legislative resolution passed in 2012 recognizing "the importance of tobacco harm reduction strategies as an additional policy choice to assist cigarette smokers in quitting."</li;
Here is a link to the resolution proposed by Rep. Niederhauser at the May 2012 ALEC meeting in Charlotte, NC, posted by Common Cause. &nbsp;The resolution is on pg. 13-14: &nbsp;
Please email me at mailto:[email protected]"; if you hear of additional proposals or resolutions not listed above.
Thank you!
Ann Boonn, MPH
Associate Director, Research,&nbsp;Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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