(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.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Since the shooting massacre last month at a Florida high school, at least 19 threats have been made against San Diego-area schools, and the San Diego County District Attorney's office has charged nine juveniles in connection with those threats and menacing messages.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.