Rally to save 27K lives in Mass.

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March 20, 2013, 9:21 am
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(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Boston) - Anti-smoking activists are headed to the Massachusetts Statehouse as part of kick butts day. It’s a nationwide campaign to support policies aimed at keeping children away from tobacco.

Three hundred adults and teens are going to march onto the Statehouse to talk to officials and lawmakers about how important it is to keep kids from starting smoking.

About 84-percent of teens don’t smoke.

Jackie Bruno talks to two Massachusetts who don’t smoke. They talk about a $1 raise in cigarette taxes. They say 27,000 lives would be saved by doing that.

Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed a $1 hike in the cigarette tax to $3.51 per pack as one of several tax changes to generate new revenue for transportation and education. Proponents say the higher tax would help discourage young people from smoking.

Watch the attached video for more as people kick butts on Beacon Hill.

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