Over the past years, I have lost many family members and friends to cancer, and I am sure you have as well.
Have you noticed how many young adults and kids walk around our community smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes? I always wonder where they get the money to buy them. Since they are not of age, how do they buy them?
It reminds me how the tobacco industry has spent $200 million influencing politicians and blocking tobacco tax increases in California.
California is one of three states that has not raised its tobacco tax since 2000. In every state that has significantly raised its tobacco tax, cigarette pack sales have decreased.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the positive effects of tobacco tax increases are especially true among kids. The tobacco industry has already spent $66 million on an ad campaign to fight Proposition 56. To them, it’s all about money, not about lives.
Be a hero and help save lives by fighting cancer and standing up to Big Tobacco. Vote “yes” vote on Proposition 56.
Enough is enough. That’s why I’m supporting Proposition 56 on Nov. 8.
Ron Subia, Corcoran