Cigarette Tax Measure OK'd For Ballot

Money Would Go Toward Cancer Research

(August 24, 2010)


August 24, 2010

A measure that would increase taxes on cigarettes to help fund cancer research was certified Tuesday for the February 2012 ballot.

The initiative, if approved, would increase cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.

When former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and other backers announced their plans for the initiative late last year, they said they hoped to get enough signatures to put it before voters this fall.

In addition to Perata, who is running for mayor of Oakland in the November election, the measure is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

The money would go into a trust fund, and 60 percent would go toward research.

Twenty percent would fund smoking cessation efforts and campaigns to prevent tobacco use, 15 percent would pay for facilities and equipment to support research and 3 percent would help police enforce anti-tobacco laws and stop tobacco smuggling. No more than 2 percent would be spent on administrative costs.