Healthy Montana is a statewide initiative to raise state fees on all tobacco products including currently untaxed e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices. This effort will save both lives and money by preventing kids from smoking and reducing the toll of cancer and heart disease on our health and our economy.
This initiative will prevent nearly 100,000 Montanans from losing their health coverage. It also provides needed funds for veterans suicide prevention programs, health services to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes, and programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
Montana has not increased the tobacco tax in thirteen years. This initiative will help ensure a healthy and productive workforce, create thousands of jobs for nurses and other medical staff, and help our rural hospitals stay open to provide people across the state with the care they need.