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Revenues from Prop. 86 Cigarette Tax to Fund Health Programs

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Proposition 86 seeks to increase taxes on cigarettes and use that added revenue for hospital emergency rooms and children’s health. Californians know there’s a lot at stake from the 8000 TV ads broadcast just in the first two weeks of September and the tens of millions of dollars in campaign funds. 

If Prop 86 is passed, it would add an additional $2.60 per pack of cigarettes. Those taxes would fund new or expanded health services, health insurance for eligible children, tobacco use prevention programs and disease research. It all sounds very positive, but there is vigorous opposition. Host Gloria Penner talks with advocates on both sides of the measure. 

Guests

  • Victoria Penland, Council of Community Clinics.
  • Matt Klink, Vice President of Cerrell Associates, which is managing the “No on 86” campaign.

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