By Miriam Raftery
June 7, 2012 (San Diego)—Proposition 29 sought to add a $1 tax onto a pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund cancer research. The measure appears headed for defeat,with the count currently showing 50.8% voting no. (Some counties have not yet certified final results, which is not required until July 6.)
The tobacco industry spent a reported $65 million to defeat the measure--and appears to have got its money's worth with a spate of ads labeled as distortion by prominent newspapers statewide.
Prop 28, a measure to limit legislators to 12 years in office but allow them to serve 12 years in a single house, passed by a hefty 61.4% approval.
For more information on the 28th and 29th Propositions, please visit the sites listed below.
Final Statewide Results: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/ballot-measures/