Tax on Cigarettes

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Persuasive Speech
Tax on Cigarettes
I. Opening Statement of Interest- Imagine every year a town the size of Bakersfield disappearing, well you don’t have to imagine because it’s happening already.         A. Speaker Credibility- According to Centers for disease control and prevention 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, another 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite the factors of smoking 46.6 million adults in the U.S still smoke. My grandpa died at age 70 from lung cancer. He smoked for over 40 years. My grandma being the non smoker now 80 was diagnosed with COPD, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, this was caused from secondhand smoke. B. Reason(s) to listen- What a lot of people don’t know it that the harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. An estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans, including over half being children age 3-11years are exposed to secondhand smoke. Because people who don’t smoke inhale many of the same poisons in cigarette smoke as the smokers.         C. Thesis Statement- Today I am going to be talking about first Prop 29 and why I support it, second what it will do , third how we can help, and last how this will help us. Transition- To start off with, what is Proposition 29

Proposition 29- On June 5th 2012 proposition 29 if approved by California's voters, the tax on cigarettes in the state will increase by $1.00 per pack. California’s current cigarette tax is 87 cents per pack. The total tax per pack of cigarettes, if Proposition 29 passes, will be $1.87/pack. The additional tax revenue will be used to fund cancer research, smoking reduction programs, and tobacco law enforcement. According to the Desert Sun: "On June 5, California voters have a chance to save 104,000 lives. We can prevent 228,000 youngsters from starting to smoke. We can generate $500 million for cancer research. And unless you're among the roughly 12 percent of...
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