Smoking kills more people than car accidents, guns, illegal drugs, and AIDS combined. In every other state that has significantly raised its cigarette taxes, smoking rates have gone down. The US Surgeon General says tobacco taxes are especially effective in reducing youth smoking.
The Good News: Proposition 56 increases taxes on cigarettes to fund health care and smoking prevention for children and seniors, and helps stop young people in our communities from starting dangerous lifelong habits. For decades, Big Tobacco has lied about the dangers of smoking, and targeted their advertisement in low-income and people of color communities. With the passage of prop 56, we are saving lives across California.