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State of California November 7, 2006 Election
Proposition 86
Tax on Cigarettes
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,607,506 / 48.0% Yes votes ...... 3,902,558 / 52.0% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Results as of Nov 14 5:08pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (25090/25090)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the state impose an additional tax of $2.60 per cigarette pack to fund new and expanded health services, health insurance for children, and expand tobacco use prevention programs?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Imposes additional $2.60 per pack excise tax on cigarettes and indireclty increases taxes on other tobacco products. Provides funding for various health programs, children's health coverage, and tobacco-related programs. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Increase in excise tax revenues of about $2.1 billion annually in 2007-08 spent for the specified purposes outlined above. Other potentially significant costs and savings for state and local governments due to program changes.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
The existing state excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products would increase by $2.60 per pack to support new or expanded programs for health services, children's health coverage, and tobacco-related activities. Other existing programs supported with tobacco excise taxes would continue.

A NO vote on this measure means:
State excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products would remain at the current level of 87 cents per pack and would continue to be used for existing purposes, including childhood development programs and various health and tobacco-related programs.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 86:
Proposition 86 reduces smoking and saves lives. A study by the California Department of Health Services says Proposition 86 will keep 700,000 kids from becoming adult smokers and prevent 300,000 smoking-related deaths. The same study says Proposition 86 will save over $16 BILLION in health care costs. Yes on 86.

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Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 86:
Proposition 86 is really about hospitals using our Constitution and laws to pocket millions for themselves and HMOs through a $2.1 billion tax hike. Section 9 even gives hospitals an exemption to antitrust laws! It's another lottery mess--and no guarantees on how the money will be spent. No on 86.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 86:
Bob Pence
Coalition For A Healthy California
1717 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-2720

Contact AGAINST Proposition 86:
No on 86--Stop the $2 Billion Tax Hike
3001 Douglas Blvd. #225
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 218-6640

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