President Obama proposed funding early childhood education by increasing federal tobacco taxes.
Smoking and other tobacco use is the nation's leading preventable cause of death. It's hoped a .94 cent per pack increase for the 2014 fiscal year will prevent over one million kids from turning into smokers.
The tax money will help ensure children in low to moderate income families have access to high quality preschool.
Danny McGoldrick is vice president of research at campaign for tobacco-free kids. He believes children across the nation have their educational opportunities limited by where they live.
“Unfortunately it shouldn't depend on where kids live in terms of how smart or how healthy the opportunities are for them. the great thing about this proposal is that the price will go up in every state. You know some states have increased their tobacco taxes, they have lower smoking rates. But we have kids all over the country that haven't had the benefit of higher tobacco taxes, or funded tobacco prevention programs. Likewise, that haven't had access to quality preschool education. so the beauty of this national proposal is the price will go up everywhere," he said.
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