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Big Tobacco Spends Record $12 Million to Deceive Oregon Voters
Date:11/2/2007

ing by 7 percent and overall cigarette consumption by about 4 percent. An 84.5-cent cigarette tax increase in Oregon would:

-- Prevent more than 29,000 Oregon kids from becoming smokers

-- Spur more than 15,000 current adult smokers to quit for good

-- Save more than 13,000 Oregonians from premature, smoking-caused deaths

-- Produce more than $662 million in long-term health care savings

-- Raise more than $94 million a year to expand health care coverage to

more than 100,000 Oregon kids.

Voters should reject the tobacco industry's lies and support Measure 50 for the very same reason Big Tobacco opposes it: It will prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, thereby saving many lives.

These Oregon activities continue the tobacco industry's long history of political dirty tricks. Last year, tobacco companies spent more than $80 million to oppose state ballot initiatives to increase tobacco taxes and require smoke-free workplaces and public places. In Arizona and Ohio, R.J. Reynolds tried unsuccessfully to defeat smoke-free ballot measures by sponsoring alternate initiatives that would have allowed smoking to continue in many workplaces, but had misleading names like the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Act and Smoke Less Ohio.

Links to media clips regarding the tobacco companies' recent Oregon activities:

Nov. 1, 2007

Big Tobacco plans to continue barrage of ads

Companies pay $12 million to try to stop Measure 50

[Salem] Statesman Journal

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071101/STA TE/711010335

Nov. 1, 2007

In Final Days, Tobacco Companies Up Spending in Oregon Tax Fight

The Associated Press

http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/1990158/


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