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I am voting yes on Initiative 185, increasing the current state tobacco tax and, for the first time, taxing vaping and smokeless tobacco.

Let’s do the math. Over $9 million are being spent on attack ads by tobacco companies. Why? Big Tobacco is afraid of losing smokers. I am concerned about losing lives.

Increasing the tobacco tax will prevent 4,800 premature deaths; decrease youth smoking rates by 20 percent; prevent 8,000 Montana youth from becoming adults smokers and to help 9,300 adults quit smoking. I have lost many family members due to tobacco. Please join me in voting yes on I-185.

Lois Fitzpatrick

Helena

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