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Association Urging Higher Conn. Cigarette Tax

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File photo of a person smoking. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a person smoking. (Photo by ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/GettyImages)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The American Heart Association is urging Connecticut lawmakers to increase the state’s cigarette tax.

It is one of several issues the organization is planning to discuss with members of the General Assembly on Thursday as part of the association’s lobby day event at the state Capitol.

Connecticut currently taxes packs of 20 cigarettes at $3.40, a rate that has been in place since 2011. The American Heart Association has proposed increasing the tax by an additional 95 cents, arguing that higher taxes are an effective way to reduce smoking and other tobacco use, especially among children.

The association also supports state legislation that would include CPR training in the health education curriculum and create a task force to study obesity in Connecticut.

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