Oklahoma State Medical Association responds to cigarette tax overturned

Oklahoma State Medical Association responds to cigarette tax overturned


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WEBVTT >> THE SPECITIVITY SEEMS TO BELACKING IN THIS, AND IT DOESTHEREFORE TAKE ON EVERYAPPEARANCE OF BEING A REVENURAISING BILL FOR GOVERNMENT.MARKIE: THE HIGH COURT HASRULED.THE $1.50 FEE ON CIGARETTES WASVOTED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THEOKLAHOMA SUPREME COURTYESTERDAY.IT WAS AN ELEVENTH-HOUR ATTEMPTTO FILL $215 MILLION OF OURSTATE’S BUDGET DEFICIT.LAWMAKERS, ORGANIZATIONS,COMMUNITY MEMBERS SOUNDING OFFIN RESPONSE.INCLUDING THE OKLAHOMA STATEMEDICAL ASSOCIATION.THIS MORNING, WE ARE JOINED BYDR. KEVIN TAUBMAN, WHO ISPRESIDENT OF OSMA.THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.THIS RULING CAME DOWN ABOUT THISEXACT SAME TIME YESTERDAYMORNING.YOU’VE HAD 24 HOURS TO THINKABOUT THIS RULING.I KNOW YOU WERE DISAPPOINTED BYTHE FINAL VERDICT.>> I THINK IT IS A FAIRSTATEMENT.UNDERSTANDABLY, THE COURTS HADTO WEIGH OUT THE JUDGMEN THATWOULD MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OFTHE CONSTITUTIONAL BYLAWS.WE CERTAINLY WERE HOPING, BUT ITDIDN’ — I ROLLED NOW IS TORECESS AND PLAN FOR THE WEEKS TOCOME.– O ROLE NOW IS TO RECESS ANDPLAN FOR THE WEEKS TO COME.MARKIE: CERTAINLY, YOU WEREN’TSURPRISED, WERE YOU?>> NOT REALLY.MARKIE: THE SMOKING FEE WASN’TPASSED BEFORE THE FINAL WEEK,NOR DID IT GARNER A SUPERMAJORITY OF SUPPORT.>> NOT BEING AN ATTORNEY OR ACONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERT –MOST OF THE PEOPLE WE TALKED TOSUPPOSED IT WOULD GO THIS WAY.MARKIE WE TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIAAND ASKED VIEWERS WHAT THEYTHOUGHT OF THIS.A LOT OF PEOPLE WEREN’TSURPRISED.A LOT OF PEOPLE SHARED THI — IWANT TO GET YOUR RESPONSE.DAN WHEELER SAID, OK, IF YOUWANT TO TAX UNHEALTHY ITEMS, YOUBETTER TAX FAST FOOD STORES,TOO.OBESITY KILLS JUST AS MANYPEOPLE AS CIGARETTES.I THINK THE COMMENT IS ANINTERESTING SORT OFEXTRAPOLATION — OBESITY IS AMAJOR EPIDEMIC IN OUR COUNTRY.IF YOU LOOK AT THE MAJOR CAUSESOF DEATH AND DISABILITY NOCOUNTRY COME OF TOP FOUR CAUSESOUR HEART DISEASE, CANCE –DEATH AND DISABILITY IN OURCOUNTRY, THE TOP FOUR CAUSES AREHEART DISEASE, CANCER, COPD ANDSTROKE.IT IS THE NUMBER ONE HEALTHIMPACT ACROSS OUR ENTIRE STATE,LET ALONE OUR COUNTRY.HALF A MILLION PEOPL DIE OFTOBACCO-RELATED DISEASESEACH YEAR — SECONDHAND SMOKEEXPOSURE AND THERE ON COME IT’SONE OF THE LEADING IMPACTS INTHAT CIRCUMSTANCE.ACCIDENTAL DEATH WILL…

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