Newsom Stumps for New Cigarette Tax in San Francisco
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) plans to propose a new tax on cigarette purchases to offset the cost of cleaning up cigarette butts. Newsom also touted the health benefit of the potential tax, saying, "In general, fees help reduce the consumption and use of tobacco, and we think that will have a very beneficial public health component." Cigarette manufacturers oppose the proposal.
- "Newsom's Proposed Cigarette Tax a Pain in the Butt for Smokers" (Carico, PublicCEO, 5/21).