- Allocates less than 10% of the tax revenues toward helping cigarette,
cigar and smokeless tobacco consumers quit or keeping kids from starting.
- Gives the largest share of money – almost 40% – to huge
hospital corporations, many of which are funding the campaign for
the new tax. These funds pay for non tobacco-related care they already
provide, not treatment of smoking-related illnesses.
- Lets HMOs pocket millions of taxpayer dollars.
- Exempts hospitals from antitrust laws, letting them collude to fix
prices and limit competition.
- Allows continued overbilling of the uninsured – at taxpayers'
- Has very little accountability to taxpayers for how and where the
money is spent.
- Increases our deficit.
- Increases crime.
- Is unfair! Taxes cigarette, cigar and smokeless tobacco consumers
to pay for programs that have nothing to do with smoking.
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No on Proposition 86, Californians Against Unaccountable Taxes,
a coalition of taxpayers, businesses and law enforcement with
major funding provided by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company , Inc.
and the Cigar Association of America.