Public Health Data Show Big Drop in Tobacco Use in State
According to data the state Department of Public Health released, smoking rates among California adults have declined 41% since voters approved the California Tobacco Control Program 20 years ago. The program instituted a 25-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes that directedÂ five cents per pack sold to tobacco control efforts. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Kim BelshÃ© said officials estimate the program has savedÂ one million lives and $86 billion in health care costs.
- "Cigarette Use in California Is in Steep Decline" (Bailey, Los Angeles Times, 4/9).