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Cigarette Tax Used in California Anti-smoking Campaign

posted on February 24, 2006

Two tobacco companies will not get to plead their case before the Supreme Court over how California is spending cigarette tax money. The state uses part of an 87-cent tax on every package of cigarettes to fund health education that includes a campaign to discourage smoking.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company had asked the Supreme Court Justices to overturn a lower court's decision that rejected the companies' claims that their First Amendment rights were violated by California's ad campaign.

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