For future generations, vote ‘Yes’ on Prop 29

When I began smoking at the age of 15, I’d sneak a cigarette every now and then with no idea that it would become a lifelong habit. But shortly I was hooked – and it took numerous quitting attempts over 30 years for me to finally kick the habit.

It disheartens me to see the lies and false propaganda Big Tobacco portrays in their multi-million dollar campaign against Proposition 29. Big Tobacco wants you to believe that Proposition 29 will hit the average family pocketbook – but it won’t.

If passed, Prop 29 would require that smokers pay an extra $1 a pack for their cigarettes. Good! It’s estimated that with this tax youth will be priced out, and more than 200,000 kids likely will be prevented from becoming smokers. It will also fund lifesaving research and create community programs to help people quit.

If cigarettes cost more when I was 15, I probably wouldn’t have started. It’s time for California voters to stand up for our future generation and vote Yes on Prop 29.

Elizabeth MacPhail

Carmel Valley citizen for nine years


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