The Yes on Proposition 56 Folks Had a Deadly Rally Yesterday
Did you brave the damp yesterday and see a collection of deadly artifacts–a coffin filled with toe tags, headstones, and skeletons at the Gazebo in Eureka?
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association in California and American Heart Association created a performance art piece in Eureka designed to bring attention to the Yes on Proposition 56 point of view. According to a joint press release, “The group poured 5,600 toe tags from a body bag into a makeshift coffin adorned with Marlboro labels at a downtown rally to illustrate the deadly impact tobacco has on kids and the importance of Proposition 56 to save lives.”
Proposition 56 will increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack. (Other tobacco products will also see a tax increase.) (See Ballotpedia for more information on the proposition.)
According to the Tim Gibbs, Senior Director, Government Relations, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network California,
[The action yesterday in Eureka] is no joke to us. These toe tags symbolize the thousands of California children that start to smoke this year, and eventually die from the addiction….Nearly 17,000 California kids start smoking every year, and one-third of them, or 5,600, will eventually die from tobacco-related disease….Big Tobacco preys upon our children in hopes of hooking the next generation of smokers, and they are lying to California voters relentlessly in deceitful and discredited ads.
The No on 56 campaign, which outraised its opponent by over 36 million dollars, argues that the proposition is a tax hike designed to benefit insurance companies and other special interests.