California: Vote Yes on 56
November 1, 2016
Delta Dental of California is proud to be part of the coalition supporting Prop 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016. This California state ballot measure aims to raise the state excise tax on tobacco. Currently, the California tax on tobacco is $0.87 per pack, and if Prop 56 passes, it would increase that tax to $2.87 per pack with an equivalent increase on products containing nicotine derived from tobacco, including e-cigarettes.
California spends billions of dollars a year treating cancer and tobacco-related diseases yet has one of the lowest taxes on tobacco in the nation.
Funds generated from Prop 56 would increase assistance for existing health care programs and services that treat and research all types of cancer, cardiovascular and lung disease, oral disease and tobacco-related diseases. Prop 56 revenues also would support prevention programs aimed at discouraging people from smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products.
Voting yes on Prop 56 makes smokers pay their fair share of California’s health care bill and could save the lives of thousands of children.
About Delta Dental of California
Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and Delta Dental Insurance Company, along with their affiliated companies, together provide dental benefits to 34.5 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, whose member companies collectively cover more than 73 million people nationwide.