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What motivates Big Tobacco

June 5, 2012 |  6:16 pm

Cycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at a rally in favor of Proposition 29.

Big Tobacco is fighting hard to keep voters from slapping a new $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes. The revenue would fund cancer research. Voters will decide at the polls Tuesday whether the tax should be imposed, as they cast their ballots on Proposition 29. The Times' George Skelton had a few things to say about the campaign the tobacco companies have been running and their motives.

"Maybe tobacco companies can kick the habit of prevarication," Skelton wrote. "Maybe a leopard can change its spots. But voters should be a mite skeptical"

Read the full column here

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Photo: Cycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speak at a rally in favor of Proposition 29. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

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