Tax tobacco more

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Re "A striking shift in accepting tobacco money" (Dan Morain, Feb. 9): Kudos to Dan Morain for his excellent commentary about the influence of "Big Tobacco" through campaign contributions in Sacramento.

Senate Bill 768 by Senator Kevin de Leon sought to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes by $1, but expired in the Senate last month.

Since the Proposition 29 contest in 2012, there have been three ballot measures filed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. Not all of these efforts will succeed, but I applaud the courage, leadership and vision of those individual citizens and organizations who recognize the need to increase taxes on cigarettes.

Until they do succeed, we will all keep paying the price of other people's smoking - and the tobacco industry will keep winning while people, mostly kids, get hooked, suffer, and die.

-- Steve Heilig, San Francisco

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