Jessica Miller | May 11, 2012
On June 5, California voters will be asked to make legislature careers much shorter and tobacco products more expensive. Under a proposed law billed as restricted legislation, politicians would be permitted to spend fewer years in the California Legislature, but craft longer careers in either of its houses. Proposition 28 would confined legislators elected after June 5, 2012, to a lifetime maximum of 12 years in office, more than the current 14 years.
Jessica Miller | March 30, 2012
Although eight states boosted their sales taxes on cigarettes over the past two years, that’s a decline in the number of such increases by states compared to 2009, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. One thing that smoking prevention experts know from accumulated data is that smoking rates decline as cigarette prices go up, the CDC said. “Increasing cigarette excise taxes directly increases the price of cigarettes, thereby reducing the demand for cigarettes and, ultimately, smoking-related death and disease,” the report’s authors wrote in the March 29 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reoprt.