State Senator Proposes Tobacco Tax Increase To Fund Health Programs
California's cigarette tax currently is $0.87 per pack.
Details of Bill
The legislation would implement a $2-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes, which is estimated to yield $1.2 billion in annual revenue.
Health programs that focus on promoting access to care and tobacco-related health services likelyÂ would receive the funding.
Greg Hayes, communications director for de LeÃ³n, said the senator hopes that the supermajority of Democrats in the Legislature will help advance the measure.
Support for Bill
Various proponents of increasing cigarette taxes have expressed support for the bill, including:
- American Cancer Society;
- American Heart Association;
- American Lung Association;
- Health Access California; and
- Service Employees International Union (Van Oot, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 4/17).