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California defeats tax increase on cigarettes to fund research

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4112
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Voters in California have narrowly rejected a $1 a packet increase in the state sales tax on cigarettes. The measure was lost by about 50 000 votes of 3.8 million cast in the 5 June primary election, despite the fact that early polls showed 2:1 support for it.

The measure had been promoted by charities such as the American Cancer Society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation as a way to suppress tobacco sales and to generate about $735m (£475m; €590m) a year for tobacco related health research. …

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