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$2 more for cigarettes? California tobacco tax proposal revived in special session

$2 more for cigarettes? California tobacco tax proposal revived in special session

A proposal to raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes in California was given new life Wednesday when legislation was introduced as part of a special session on healthcare. The measure would also extend the tobacco tax to electronic cigarettes. Supporters say the proposal has a better chance of passing than one that stalled in the regular legislative session, because the $1.5 billion that is projected to be raised by such a tax could help the state pay for healthcare costs for low-income residents, a key goal of the special session. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), author of the measure, noted that California’s current 87-cents-a-pack cigarette tax is lower than that...

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