An iniative in California (proposition 29) seeks to a $1 a pack tax to fund cancer research. Should be a no brainer- and I AM a smoker.
But big tobacco, once again, is doleing out the cash to cover their tracks. While prop 29 supporters have raised $4 million dollars- just two companies- RJ Reynolds and Phillip Morris have spent more then $30 million to defeat it.
This iniative was largely a response to a 3 BILLION dollar bond passed by voters in texas in 2007.
Besides raising an estimated $800 million for cancer research, prop 29 is estimated to keep nealry a quarter million kids from starting smoking, and help a 100,000 current smokers quit.
Article at LA Times here