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  • California mulls cigarette tax increase. Do hikes actually reduce smoking?

    The Christian Science Monitor - 05/16/2016

    The campaign to raise the cigarette tax comes on the heels of the state’s ban of tobacco sales to anyone under 21, marking a substantial shift in the Golden state in public attitudes and policies against tobacco use. And it could spur other states to follow suit.

    I think when state policymakers see that another state has implemented a progressive public health measure … they are more likely to positively consider adopting it themselves,” Kerry Malloy Snyder, assistant director at Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, told The Christian Science Monitor, shortly after the California Gov. Jerry Brown signed May 4 the legislation into law that raises­ the smoking age from 18 to 21.

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