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Big Tobacco Makes a Comeback in California: Even Democrats Are Taking Money From Tobacco Companies

The tobacco industry is tightening its grip on California politics in attempt to block anti-tobacco legislation — and its working, according to a new study from UCSF.

Big tobacco has donated some $64 million to various political campaigns over the last six years, including to Gov. Jerry Brown's gubernatorial campaigns. As a result, the anti-tobacco industry is losing steam in California, the study says.

Researchers point to the facts: California has the 33rd lowest cigarette tax in the nation, and none of the seven bills introduced to increase the cigarette excise tax from 2007 to 2014 even got past the legislature. The shifting priorities of political leaders becomes more apparent as California has yet to regulate e-cigarettes, a new product from which the tobacco industry stands to gain billions.

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