Yes on Proposition 56 Is a No to E-Cigs for Kids

Proposition 56 is on the ballot in November

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There are going to be a lot of items on the ballot in November, and you might start hearing ads about Prop 56. I’ve only heard the ones against it, and they make me spit-take. Because when I listen closely, I hear “Paid for by [INSERT BIG TOBACCO COMPANY HERE].”

I learned about Proposition 56 from my colleague at BlogHer in Los Angeles. The proposition, if passed, will add a $2 tax to each pack of cigarettes, and also add taxes to e-cigarettes, which are marketed increasingly more to children. A gateway delivery of nicotine to make them future smokers, perhaps?

Far from being funded by the very-rich tobacco lobby, Proposition 56 is supported by communities who care about healthy kids. Here is their biggest ad so far:

Here are more facts about Proposition 56:
  • Prop 56 will increase CA’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack and place an equivalent increase on other tobacco products containing nicotine, including electronic cigarettes.
  • Raising the tax on tobacco products is an especially effective way to keep kids from smoking, according to the US Surgeon General. And California’s tobacco tax is among the lowest in the nation.
  • The revenue generated from this tax will go to Medi-Cal (health care for low income Californians including 1/3 of the state’s populations and HALF of all CA kids), smoking prevention programs, research into tobacco-related diseases, and law enforcement.
  • Tobacco is still a major problem in California: it kills 40,000 Californians each year and costs taxpayers $3.5 Billion JUST in Medi-Cal spending.
  • Tobacco is still targeting our kids: Each year, 16,800 California kids start smoking – 1/3rd of whom will eventually die from tobacco-related diseases.
  • Now kids are getting hooked on nicotine with electronic cigarettes. A recent CDC survey showed that 20% of California high school kids have used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days and 40% have experimented with them.

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Did You Know There’s an Election Next Week? November 5!

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Calm down, everyone. I’m not running for office. I know you’re sad about that. If this were a contest about whose website is the best, I’m pretty sure I would win. But this is actually about important things, like schools and city ordinances and how your tax money is spent.

I’m not suggesting that if you didn’t know about the election you’ve been living under rock. All I am saying is that we get caught up in our busy lives, and if you don’t happen to read the Acorn, or Patch, or see the proliferation of campaign signs on medians and front lawns all around town, you might not realize that Election Day is next Tuesday, November 5. There’s no flashy presidential vote, or even one for mayor. Just some local level – but still very important – positions for which we are called upon to choose the best candidates.

School Board

This is district-wide for the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Five people are running for three open spots on the board that makes important decisions for our schools that affect our children and our neighborhoods. The candidates are:

Angela Cutbill

Mary Jo Ammon

Lesli Stein

Ray Pearl

Dallas B. Lawrence

City Council

These are the men and women who make up the governing board of the city of Agoura Hills. If you have a beef, or a suggestion, they are the ones who will hear it. Use them early and often. And cast your vote – again, five candidates are running for three open spots:

Denis Weber 

William D. Koehler 

Chris Anstead

Harry Schwarz

Meril S. Platzer

If you’ve ignored all the ads and the mailers that have come to your house or apartment and you have no idea when or where this is happening, LET IT BE KNOWN. It’s Tuesday, November 5, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Locate your polling place by clicking this link.