SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Health groups rally at Roundhouse in Santa Fe pushing New Mexico to raise taxes on tobacco.

The groups rallied outside the Roundhouse to get their point across.

They say studies show raising taxes reduces tobacco consumption, which ultimately improves public health, especially among youth.

Sandra Adondakis with the American Cancer Society said, “We need to make an investment in comprehensive tobacco control programs, programs to help people quit tobacco, programs to help youth never start.”

The health Groups say the tobacco tax increase would raise $33 million a year. They also claim it could save an estimated 5,100 lives.