first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Supporters also say studies have shown a significant reduction in smoking in cities with similar taxes such as Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Anchorage. Vicki Hanifan, senior and founding member of Canyon High’s Cancer Club, said she didn’t mind the blazing sun as long as she could get more youth support for the measure. “This is an issue that really affects youth because each year more young people smoke,” Hanifan said. “A yes on Proposition 86 will be the death of cigarettes, or at least a big decrease.” But those who oppose the measure say taxes are not the answer to the health care crisis. “We are always very leery of tax increases, especially when it is targeted to one specific industry. That is just bad public policy,” said Brad Scott, a member of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce. Scott added that if “big tobacco” was the enemy, then more of the tax money should be going to smoking-prevention programs. “Only 10 percent goes to anti-tobacco,” Scott said. Proposition 86 is endorsed by health care organizations including the American Cancer Society, which recruits many teens as volunteers. “If we can show them young how to protect themselves from the sun, eat right and not to smoke, we can help them make better decisions as adults,” spokeswoman Vanessa DiPerri said. [email protected].com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dressed in black T-shirts representing the death of “big tobacco,” about a dozen youths marched Saturday in support of a controversial cigarette-tax measure on the November ballot. The members of Canyon High School’s Cancer Club held picket signs and drew supportive honks from passing motorists as they joined American Cancer Society volunteers to rally support for Proposition 86. If approved by voters Nov. 7, the measure would increase taxes on cigarettes by $2.60 per pack. “It’s something I support, and I can’t vote, so why not?” said D.J. Hamburger, 17.Supporters say the tax would provide funding to various medical organizations including hospitals and medical research and help curb health care coverage disparities. last_img

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