SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new report from the Sacramento Bee exposed despicable threats by the tobacco industry in advance of a historic vote by the State Assembly on March 3 to save lives and protect kids by raising the legal age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21, and to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
The Bee reported that Altria Group lobbyist George Miller threatened to torpedo signature gathering efforts for a Prop. 30 extension and the Save Lives California coalition’s $2 per pack tobacco tax if legislators supported the tobacco control measures that will prevent teens from picking up a deadly tobacco addiction. The bills passed the Assembly and the Senate and are headed to Governor Brown’s desk.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released the following statement from Jim Knox, Vice President, Government Relations – California following the Bee report:
“It should come as no surprise that an industry that targets kids for a deadly, lifelong addiction would threaten to undermine their education and healthcare too. Nonetheless, this email threat is a clear indication that the tobacco industry will go to any length to protect a business model that relies on getting kids hooked on nicotine at an early age.”
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