Prop. 29:Cigarette Tax

Imposes additional tax on cigarettes for cancer research.
Outcome: Failed

Summary

Institutes a $1.00 per pack increase in the price of cigarettes (and equivalent increase on other tobacco products) to fund research into cancer and tobacco-related diseases as well as prevention and education programs. Would be administered by a nine-member committee.

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what your vote means

Yes

State cigarette taxes would increase by $1.00/pack (to $1.87); revenue earned would go to cancer research and prevention programs.

No

State cigarette taxes would remain at .$87/pack; no additional funds would go to research into tobacco-related diseases.

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financial effect

Yes

Net increase in cigarette excise tax revenues of about $735 million annually by 2013-14 for research into cancer and tobacco-related disease, and for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. These revenues would decline slightly each year thereafter. Increase in excise tax revenues on other tobacco products of about $50 million annually, going mainly to existing health and tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Net increase in state and local sales tax revenues of about $10 million to $20 million annually. Unknown net impact on other long-term state and local government health care costs.

No

No increase in funds for health research and tobacco-related programs, no increase in excise tax revenues, and no net increase in state and local sales tax revenues.

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campaign arguments

Yes

Summary argument
The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association wrote Prop. 29 to save lives, stop kids from smoking, and fund cancer research. Big Tobacco opposes Prop. 29 because they know it will reduce smoking in California. Prop. 29 saves lives, but only with a YES vote.

 

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No

Summary argument
Everyone supports cancer research, but Prop. 29 is flawed: $735 million annually in new taxes but doesn't require revenue be spent in California to create jobs or fund schools. Creates new government spending bureaucracy with political appointees, duplicating existing programs. More waste, no accountability to taxpayers. No on 29. ReadForYourself.org

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campaign information

Yes

American Cancer Society
Website: www.YesProp29.org
Email: info@CaliforniansForACure.org
Telephone: (916) 397-4618
Address: 980 9th Street, Suite 2550
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact: Tim Gibbs

No

No on 29 - Californians Against Out-of-Control Taxes and Spending, a coalition of taxpayers, small businesses, law enforcement and labor.
Website: www.NoOn29.com
Email: info@NoOn29.com
Telephone: (866) 662-7016
Address: N/A
Contact: N/A

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Additional information

Prop. 29 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeInitiated state statute
ProponentN. Eugene Hill (916) 442-2952
Date Qualified08/24/10
Signatures Required433,971
List of signatures by countyClick here to view.

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY$8,630,653
2LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION$1,500,000
3HOPE 2012 (cash on hand as of 1/1/2009)$605,265
4AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION$570,952
5MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG$500,000
66.7%
11.6%
4.7%
4.4%
3.9%
$12.9 million raised in total

No

59.2%
23.4%
6.5%
3.7%
2.4%
$47.8 million raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1PHILIP MORRIS (ALTRIA)$28,307,295
2R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY (REYNOLDS AMERICAN INC.)$11,169,995
3U.S. SMOKELESS TOBACCO (ALTRIA)$3,124,988
4AMERICAN SNUFF COMPANY (REYNOLDS AMERICAN INC.)$1,750,000
5SANTA FE NATURAL TOBACCO COMPANY (REYNOLDS AMERICAN INC.)$1,148,000

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