Voters Reject Higher Taxes on Tobacco Products
Colorado voters rejected the proposed Amendment 72 that would have increased the state’s cigarette and tobacco taxes.
Missouri voters rejected Constitutional Amendment 3 and Proposition A, both of which would have raised the tax on cigarettes.
North Dakota voters also rejected the proposed increase of taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
On the other hand, California voters approved a ballot measure to raise tobacco taxes $2 a pack and start taxing electronic cigarettes. The measure passed by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent with more than 5.6 million votes counted. Tobacco companies said the money will benefit insurance companies and hospital corporations as much of the money collected by the tax will go to California’s Medi-Cal, the state-run program that pays insurance providers and hospitals for low-income residents.