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FRANKFROT, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Seventeen percent of high school students in Kentucky currently smoke. That's the second highest rate in the nation according to Kentucky Youth Advocates.

Wednesday morning multiple health and youth advocacy groups gathered at the capitol to announce their support for a solution to prevent teen smoking.

They hope to see an increase of at least $1 to Kentucky's tobacco tax.

High school ambassadors say they want to help keep their fellow students healthy.

"I feel like our generation is very tight nit and we care about each other and just their health, that if they didn't really understand that they were impacting their life forever, that I'd like them to know that," said Caroline Rushing, a Monroe County High School senior.

The executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates calls the proposal a "win-win" because they estimate the tax would bring the state millions of dollars. 

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