California Lawmaker Renews Efforts for $2 Tobacco Tax Increase

On Wednesday, state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) renewed efforts to increase California's tobacco tax by $2 per pack, theAP/Sacramento Bee reports (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/26).

The current state tax on a pack of 20 cigarettes is 87 cents, plus a $1.01 federal tax (California Healthline, 5/5). In comparison, the average state tax is $1.60 per pack.

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