Ore. cigarette tax rejected after spendy TV campaign

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Ore. cigarette tax rejected after spendy TV campaign

11/07/2007

By BRAD CAIN / Associated Press


In the end, backers of a cigarette tax increase for children's health couldn't assuage voters' worries about monkeying with the state constitution — an issue stoked by a record-shattering $12 million TV blitz financed by the tobacco industry.

The result was a shellacking of Measure 50 — voters trounced it by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin in Tuesday's special election — and a stinging setback for backers of the effort to extend health care to 100,000 uninsured Oregonians.
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