Secretary of State John Kerry validated a tobacco tax measure on June 30 for the ballot this coming November, in addition to announcing that the measure will be dubbed Proposition 56.
The measure has been added to the ballot after the effort put forth by the coalition known as Save Lives California, a collaboration of health care and other organizations that include the California Dental Association (CDA). The coalition’s goal was to get the initiative on the California ballot on Nov. 8.
In order for the measure to qualify for the ballot this fall, the Save Lives California coalition had to get one million signatures. The coalition surpassed the needed number of signatures -- which validated the measure -- known as the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016. It was then added to the ballot.
The act would serve to raise California’s cigarette tax as well as other tobacco products including e-cigarettes. The taxes are currently among of the lowest in the U.S., but would be raised from $0.87 a pack to $2.87 if the act is passed in November.
The thought process behind this legislation is that a higher tax will prevent teens from becoming addicted.