House District 99

Full Questionnaire text can be found here.  All answers are verbatim with the exception that explanations that started with a lower case letter were capitalized.

Question 1: Do you support legislation that would create a strong fully funded, comprehensive tobacco retail licensing system in Michigan that includes strong enforcement and penalties on violators? 

Kenneth A Kish: Yes.  Health care costs continue to escalate with smoking contributing to costly long term problems including COPD.

Mike Hoadley : Did Not Respond

Question 2- Do you support simplifying the taxation rate to a uniform rate of 32% that covers all tobacco products?

Kenneth A Kish: Yes.  If tobacco products were appropriately taxed use would be reduced.

Mike Hoadley : Did Not Respond

Question 3- Do you support legislation that would reduce or eliminate ineffective Purchase, Use and Possession laws?

Kenneth A Kish: Yes.  Harsh consequences for using tobacco products increases attraction to use in youthful offenders.

Mike Hoadley : Did Not Respond

Question 4- Do you support increasing Michigan's annual expenditures for cessation and prevention services to a minimum of $10 million annually to support the two-thirds (68%) of people who currently smoke and would like to quit?

Kenneth A Kish: Yes.  Many are clueless to the consequence of tobacco use. Education at an early age is money well spent to decrease tobacco use in Michigan.

Mike Hoadley : Did Not Respond

Question 5- Do you support recognizing Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists as a profession for Medicaid billing?

Kenneth A Kish: Yes.  The more trained professionals to help reduce this health problem the better.

Mike Hoadley : Did Not Respond

Question 6- Do you support giving pharmacists the authority to prescribe all seven tobacco cessation medications?

 

Kenneth A Kish: Yes.  Pharmacists are highly trained health care professionals fully capable of performing this service.

Mike Hoadley : Did Not Respond