June 2012 Election, California, Proposition 29

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Vote Recommendation: Yes

I am opposed to smoking (bad for you, bad for your family, bad for me, and bad for my erstwhile pregnant wife who had to endure too much of it) and favor efforts that would tend to penalize this behavior. Opposition tends to claim that they ought to be able to use the money more freely and that cancer research should be a federal effort, not a state effort, but I couldn't disagree more heartily. This proposition seems to be doing the right thing in the right way.

See: June 2012 Election, California


Imposes Additional Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research

Initiative Statute

N. Eugene Hill (916) 442-2952

Imposes additional five cent tax on each cigarette distributed ($1.00 per pack), and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products, to fund cancer research and other specified purposes. Requires tax revenues be deposited into a special fund to finance research and research facilities focused on detecting, preventing, treating, and curing cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and other tobacco-related diseases, and to finance prevention programs. Creates nine-member committee charged with administering the fund.

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