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Billionaire-backed campaign launched to raise California’s tobacco tax
Los Angeles Times

A coalition of health groups has launched a new campaign to ask voters in November to increase California’s tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, this time enlisting deep-pocket supporters to counter a tobacco industry that blocked several attempts in the past.

Billionaire Tom Steyer, who was the nation’s largest individual political donor in 2014, spending $74 million that year, is leading the campaign for the tobacco tax. He has funneled $1 million into collecting signatures to qualify the measure for the Nov. 8 ballot.