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Opinion: Big Tobacco Will Try To Sway Voters on Prop. 29

In a Sacramento Bee opinion piece, columnist Dan Morain notes that the tobacco industry "will spend tens of millions of dollars telling [voters] why Proposition 29 ... is a terrible idea." The June 5 ballot initiative would raise California's tobacco tax by $1 per pack and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for medical research and tobacco cessation, prevention and enforcement initiatives. Morain writes that many Californians "will find reasons to vote against it, courtesy of tobacco-funded ads," but that the "$441 million fund for research is one reason to vote for Proposition 29, so long as the money stays in California."

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