Big Money Spent to Fight Cigarette Tax Hikes

Big Tobacco will spend almost $100 million on this election to defeat tax hike propositions in just three states: California, Colorado, and North Dakota. If approved, per-pack taxes will rise by $1.75 to $2.00. Proponents of these hikes say one of the most effective ways to encourage people to stop smoking is to raise taxes by…

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Bad News on State Tobacco Control Programs

Tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death. The Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. indicates only a small fraction of the tobacco industry settlement payments and cigarette taxes are being used to support tobacco control programs. Few states require this revenue go toward these programs. If this trend continues, it is expected that…

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