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The Time is Now to Raise the Tobacco Tax

Significantly raising the tax on tobacco products has been proven to be the single most effective way to stop kids from smoking before they start.

Latest Updates

April 17, 2017
New Mexico

Governor Susana Martinez line-item vetoed all funding to the University of New Mexico, including the nearly $8 million appropriation of state funds to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center during her actions on House Bill 2, the legislature-approved state budget.

March 9, 2017
New Mexico

Legislation to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack and impose an equivalent tax on other tobacco products including cigars, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, passed the state Senate on a vote of 24-16 on Wednesday.

March 9, 2017
New Mexico

New Mexico does not allow anyone under the age of 18 to buy tobacco because it is a known carcinogen. However, under current state law, teens can use tanning devices even though the World Health Organization has classified them as “carcinogenic to humans” – the same category in which they classify tobacco. A bill to change that is headed for a vote by the full House of Representatives this week.

March 7, 2017
New Mexico

Legislation to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack and impose an equivalent tax on other tobacco products including cigars, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes is gaining support and not just from public health groups.

State Contacts

Lacey Daniell
New Mexico Grassroots Manager
Sandra Adondakis
New Mexico Government Relations Director
Stephanie Winn-McCorkel
Associate Director, Media Advocacy
Western Region

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