August 8, 2014

EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs down to state Democratic lawmakers Henry T. Perea of Fresno, Adam Gray of Merced and Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton for accepting more than $20,000 each in campaign donations from cigarette makers. All three represent high-poverty districts in the San Joaquin Valley where smoking typically is more prevalent than it is in middle-class communities. As smoking harms health and contributes to the high cost of medical insurance, these lawmakers should go cold turkey and quit taking donations from Big Tobacco.

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