Tobacco tax pits Armstrong against Reynolds

Cancer survivor and cycling champion Lance Armstrong is placing $ 1.5 million after a ballot amount to contribute $ 1 a pile to cigarette tax California, even as tobacco manufacture companies has bear most of $ 40.7 million directed at stopping this.

Voters in 5th June presidential election will resolve whether to arouse tax to $1.87 pile and guide the extra revenue for cancer research as well as stop-smoking events. Extending the resistance are Altria Group as well as Reynolds American, the raise of RJ Reynolds Tobacco, the 2 top sellers in US.

Lance told through a spokeswoman named Katherine McLane that he resent the tobacco industry’s ability to influence public policy in their favor, time and time again, for a product which kills when used as directed.

Livestrong, the nonprofit cancer charity of Lance Armstrong, is backing Proposition 29 with the American Cancer Society as well American Heart Association. Lance Armstrong has overcame testicular cancer and won the Tour de France 7 times.

If this measure is sanctioned, California would be the current state applying a tax gain to bring up the tobacco products price so that smoking can be discouraged. Buyers pay the most high-pitched state tax with $ 4.35 per pack in the city of New York, agreeing to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average national state tax is $ 1.46.

Smoking is the running reason of preventable illness and death in United States, according to CDC. The agency told that California has not raised their 87-cents-each-pack tax since the year 1998.