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  • SB 591 could be a smart way to help pay for damage done by tobacco

    SB 591 could be a smart way to help pay for damage done by tobacco
    A tax on tobacco products is a good unto itself, not just a way to raise revenue. As economists have repeatedly reported, tobacco levies are highly effective at dissuading people from smoking cigarettes, which remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Tobacco taxes alleviate suffering and extend lives. What's not to love?
  • Chiropractors lobby against bill ending belief exemptions for vaccines

    Chiropractors lobby against bill ending belief exemptions for vaccines
    Legislation that would do away with personal-belief exemptions for childhood vaccines, filed in response to the recent measles outbreak in California, has quickly emerged as one of this year's most polarizing bills. One interest jumping into the fray:...

    California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

    In the wake of one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, a California lawmaker proposed a bill Wednesday that would require all child care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated against several contagious diseases. Because the workers...

    Health officials would add $2 tax to packs of cigarettes in California

    Health officials would add $2 tax to packs of cigarettes in California
    After seven failed attempts since 2002, a coalition of health groups and lawmakers is once again proposing to increase the tobacco tax in California, arguing that an additional $2 per pack of cigarettes will save lives, in part, by discouraging people...

    Bill would abolish vaccination exemption for parents' personal beliefs

    Bill would abolish vaccination exemption for parents' personal beliefs
    A group of state lawmakers announced legislation Wednesday that would abolish an exemption from the mandate that children get vaccinated before they enter school if it conflicts with their parents' personal beliefs. Surrounded by mothers holding babies,...