California Tobacco Tax Increase Fails By Less Than One Point

A measure to increase California’s tobacco tax by $1 failed by 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent. The vote had been too close to call for two weeks, but the measure was losing by 27,000 votes with 150,000 ballots left to be counted. Opponents of the $1-a-pack tax spent $47 million to fight it, cutting support for the law from two-thirds in favor in March to the razor-thin vote margin. California has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country, and even with the $1 increase, it would only have had the nation’s 16th highest tax.