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Proposition 56: Cigarette Tax

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Oct 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-16 11:34:48-04

Proposition 56 would increase the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. 

A yes vote on this measure means: State excise tax on cigarettes would increase by $2 per pack—from 87 cents to $2.87. State excise tax on other tobacco products would increase by a similar amount. State excise tax also would be applied to electronic cigarettes. Revenue from these higher taxes would be used for many purposes, but primarily to augment spending on health care for low–income Californians.
 
A no vote on this measure means: No changes would be made to existing state taxes on cigarettes, other tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes.
 
The full text of the measure is available here. Information in this article is from the California Secretary of State.