Skip to comments.Big Tobacco adds nearly $9 million to fight against cigarette tax (CA)
Posted on 04/06/2012 4:02:20 PM PDT by Drango
Big Tobacco is going all in against Proposition 29, the June ballot measure that would hike cigarette taxes by $1 per pack.
On Thursday, the parent companies of Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. reported nearly $9 million in contributions to the opposition campaign. That gives the tobacco companies a war chest of more than $23.5 million ...
Tobacco companies appear to be fighting public sentiment. A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll last month found that 68% of California voters favored Proposition 29, compared with 29% who opposed it.
Still, the public has rejected a variety of tax increases in recent years, including tobacco levies. In 2006, voters spurned a proposal to increase cigarette taxes by $2.60 a pack to reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients and to expand health insurance coverage for children.
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>>You support the addiction of 95% smokers who start under the age of 21? Sorry I dont.<<
Unlike you, I support their freedom to choose and the freedom of their parents to teach them properly (I also note you did not answer my questions).
Are you sure you are on the right site? DU and KOS are 2 clicks to the left.
There is no room for you Nanny Staters here at FREE Republic.
Is there anyone over the age of five who doesn’t know that tobacco is addictive and dangerous?
The freedom comes when you pick up the first cigarette. You make a non-addictive decision to do so.
Not only is it freedom, it comes with the individual responsibility for your action.
Those of you who want to government to protect you, can pay for it yourself.
Mob rule was never intended to be a part of the fabric of this country.
There needs to be a HUGE tax on guns!
That pic could just as easily be an old alcoholic.
I favor a tax on all those who favor the tax. Make that a double.
Addicting children isn’t a conservative value.
The quarrel is not with the legality of the process, but the morality of the legislation.
are more people smoking than ever, or is just that they’ve all been forced out onto the sidewalk?
careful there, homey — that’s sacred ground, and it’s probably connected to the Kennedy’s.
Guns, tobacco, Sugar Babies, gasoline, tires, Fudgesicles, Twinkies, travel, "unnecessary" indoor or outdoor living space, political activism, religious affiliation, news browsing, sex between consenting adults,Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, shooting ranges, seat belts, ad nauseum.
Give it up, Drango.
The spirits tax in California is $3.30 per gallon (as of January 2010).
Addicting children isnt a conservative value.
According to you, addicting them to a nanny state is.
You should work to ban it then. To do otherwise is hypocritical.
I suggest most California conservatives would at this point sooner nuke Sacramento from orbit than vote it another penny.
I propose both. Nuking Sacto and taxing cigarettes. It’s a win/win.
You’re out of luck: nuclear arms have been overtaxed and are too expensive for anybody to buy one.
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