Wong criticizes anti-tobacco tax editorial

March 12, 2012
Nathan Wong, PhD

IN THE NEWS: Nathan Wong, PhD, director of UC Irvine’s Heart Disease Prevention Program, criticized a recent editorial in a letter to the Orange County Register (fifth item):

The recent Register editorial “California hooked on tobacco taxes” [Feb. 22] missed the mark on Proposition 29. Prop. 29 is a responsible, scientifically based solution to saving lives. This proposed $1 tobacco tax – paid only by those who purchase tobacco products – will save 104,000 lives; stop 228,000 kids from smoking and generate more than $500 million every year to support advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease, cancer and other smoking-related illnesses.

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