(CBS 8) - California voters will vote Tuesday on whether the state should raise the cigarette tax for the first time in more than a decade.
Prop 29 would add a one dollar per pack tax on cigarettes and a 73 percent tax increase on cigars.
The tobacco industry spent $40 million on the "No On 29" Campaign.
The "Yes On 29" Campaign says if passes, the money would go to cancer research.
Twelve percent of Californians smoke. The new tax could discourage more people from smoking.
"Smoking may simply vanish as a public behavior and that's why Phillip Morris and Reynolds are so hysterical, trying to stop 29. It could really be a game changer," said Dr. Stanton Glantz with UC San Francisco.
If approved, the measure would go into effect October 2012.
A crucial vote is expected Tuesday on a new community center in Poway, and some senior citizens are worried that if the size of the project is scaled back, they will see their services cut.
Come January 1, recreational marijuana cultivation and sales become legal in California and here in San Diego.
The state agency that will investigate potential fraud or misuse of funds involving two former top administrators at the San Ysidro School District has signed an agreement to conduct what is called an “extraordinary audit.”
The holiday shopping season is fast approaching and that means porch pirates will be on the prowl looking for packages to swipe.
Black Friday is a week away, but many retailers are not making you wait. This year, companies are offering discounts the entire week leading into Black Friday. News 8's Eric Kahnert reports on some of the goods you can get during Black Friday "week."
A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
A Valley Center man who beat cancer was not about to let cigarettes and obesity be a death sentence.
He's shopped for produce, fish, pasta and beef. On Monday, News 8's Shawn Styles shared the latest of his shopping secrets.