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US tobacco firms fight cigarette tax hike

Blocking California tax can deter anti-tobacco advocates from pursuing similar changes

BLOWING SMOKE: Tobacco leaves being harvested; as the harmful health effects of smoking have come to light, the industry has for years fought regulators and public health advocates over curbing the practice.

San Francisco

REYNOLDS American Inc, Altria Group Inc and other tobacco companies are steering millions of dollars towards defeating a US$2 cigarette tax increase in California, a high-stakes effort and the third such fight in a decade in the most populous US state.

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