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California Voters to Weigh Tobacco Tax Hike with Proposition 56

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It could soon get a lot more expensive to be a smoker in California. Under Proposition 56, on the November ballot, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would go from 87 cents to $2.87. Health advocates say the measure will discourage smoking and raise money for health care and smoking prevention. The tobacco industry, which opposes the measure, calls the proposition a “tax hike grab” by insurance companies that would divert public funds away from schools and social programs. We’ll hear from both sides of the issue.


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KQED’s Full Election Coverage


Michael Ong, spokesperson, Yes on Proposition 56; chair, UCLA’s Tobacco-Free Task Force

David Spady, opposes Prop 56; state director, Americans for Prosperity


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