Harry Brill is just flat-out wrong. Proposition 29 is not regressive – it only affects smokers, and research shows there is no better way to stop kids from taking up smoking and help adults quit.
This is a positive approach. California’s tax is so low compared to other states that the cessation and education programs are wildly underfunded compared to tobacco’s well-funded efforts to addict another generation.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. It shocks me that people like Harry Brill remain so poorly informed.