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California Weighs Tobacco Tax Hike to Fund Research

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Science  27 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6080, pp. 399-400
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6080.399

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Thanks to the unhealthy habits of some of the state's residents, California voters have an opportunity on 5 June to make their home one of the world's biggest supporters of cancer research. The ballot for the state's Republican presidential primary contains a measure, Proposition 29, that would impose an additional tax of $1 on each pack of cigarettes sold and an equivalent tax on other tobacco products. According to a state analysis, the measure would generate about $735 million a year in new revenue, of which $441 million would be slated for grants and loans to support research on cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other tobacco-related illnesses. Another $110 million would annually go toward research facilities.