Tuesday, Oct 06th

Last update03:34:17 AM GMT

You are here News Health Tobacco Industry Spends $47M to Defeat California Cigarette Tax

Tobacco Industry Spends $47M to Defeat California Cigarette Tax

E-mail Print PDF

Tobacco companies fight tax in CAIt appears – once again – that an aggressive marketing campaign by the two largest U.S. tobacco manufacturers has helped defeat a cigarette excise-tax increase in California.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Wednesday, Proposition 29 trailed by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin, or by 63,176 votes out of the 3.85 million cast, according to The Associated Press.

But with more than 1 million vote-by-mail and provisional ballots still uncounted, it could be days or longer before a winner is officially declared.

David Howard, a R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. spokesman, said the company was "pleased that California voters recognized that this ballot initiative was flawed. All indications were that it was going to be close, and that certainly was the case."

But the Yes on 29 campaign said "sponsors and supporters of Prop 29 were not conceding defeat."

"Prop 29 is and has always been about saving lives and fighting tobacco-related diseases. With less than 1 percent separating defeat from victory, we remain vigilant and ever hopeful, no matter how long the odds."


Most Recent Related Stories...

California governor signs assisted suicide bill

California assisted suicide bill signedCalifornia will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives...

Doctors Without Borders leaves Kunduz after 'inexcusable' air strike

DWBInternational medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Sunday it has withdrawn staff from the embattled...

Scientists share Nobel Prize for medicine for anti-parasite drugs

Nobel in medicineThree scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new...

England, Wales ban smoking in cars with children inside

Smoking in car with childrenSmokers who light up in vehicles with children inside will face fines in England and Wales...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!