Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Governor Mike Beebe's 2009 Health Care Initiative

In 2009, ACHI and the Step-Up Coalition, consisting of 30 health and other organizations interested in advancing further policies to stop tobacco use, worked to facilitate and contribute to legislative dialogue on the critical issue of tobacco cessation. The resulting passage of Act 180 increased the state’s tobacco tax significantly. The new tobacco excise tax is deposited as general revenue and used to fund nearly two dozen health priorities, including a much needed trauma system.  This represents the largest distribution of public funds for health improvement to date.

The fact sheets linked below were developed by ACHI in conjunction with the associated state agency or organization.  They represent elements of Governor Mike Beebe's 2009 Health Care Initiative that received funding from the tobacco tax increase.


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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201