$30 Million Grant Program Will Be Available to Local Law Enforcement Agencies Throughout the State

Press release from the California Attorney General:

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[Photo by Paolo Neo via Wikimedia Commons]

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a new grant program to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products, especially to minors. The $30 million grant program, established and funded by the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop. 56), will be available to local law enforcement agencies throughout California starting in March 2018.

Approved by voters in 2016, Prop. 56 increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products by $2.00 starting in April 2017. The initiative specifically allocates $30 million of annual revenue to the California Department of Justice. These funds will support local law enforcement investigations intended to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.

Eligible law enforcement agencies must submit applications to the California Department of Justice by March 23, 2018. Grant applications will be assessed for their potential to improve enforcement of laws relating to the sale, marketing, and restrictions on the use of tobacco products.

Additional information on application requirements and eligibility criteria is available here.

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8 comments

  • I love to see a law that makes all cigarette butts carry a unique id that is traceable to the buyer.

  • I can’t believe this shit. That’s what we spend 30 million dollars on?? Who cares if people smoke themselves to death?? Let smokers smoke!! Fix the roads!! 30 million to prevent the unpreventable

  • fuckwalterwhite.com

    Next year: kids smoke weed,130 mill grant

  • Thank a tobacco user, as they put the money up. The more they use the more money we get.

  • Adults are welcome to smoke themselves to death, as the song goes. Law enforcement is concerned with preventing kids from starting the smoking habit in the first place. The more resources LE receives to accomplish this, the better.

  • I quite last May and this tax was the reason!

  • Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!

    Song by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
    LYRICS

    Now I’m a fellow with a heart of gold
    With the ways of a gentleman I’ve been told
    A kind of a fellow that wouldn’t even harm a flea
    But if me and a certain character met
    That guy that invented the cigarette
    I’d murder that son of a gun in the first degree

    That ain’t that I don’t smoke myself
    And I don’t reckon they’ll injure your health
    I’ve smoked ’em all my life and I ain’t dead yet
    But nicotine slaves are all the same
    At a pheasant party or a poker game
    Everything’s gotta stop when they have that cigarette

    Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
    Puff puff puff
    And if you smoke yourself to death
    Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
    That you hate to make him wait
    But you just gotta have another cigarette

    Now at a game of chance the other night
    Ol’ Dame Forson wasn’t doin’ me right
    Them kings and queens just kept on comin’ round
    Well I got a full and I bet it high
    But my plug didn’t work on a certain guy
    He just kept a risin’ and a layin’ that money down
    He’s raise me and I’d raise him
    I sweated blood I had to sink or swim
    He finally called and he didn’t raise the bet
    I said “aces is full pal how about you?”
    He said “I’ll tell you in a minute or two
    But I just gotta have another cigarette”

    Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
    Puff puff puff
    And if you smoke yourself to death
    Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
    That you hate to make him wait
    But you just gotta have another cigarette

    The other night I had a date with
    The cutest gal in the fifty states
    A high bred uptown social little dame
    She said she loved me and it seemed to me
    That things were like they ought a be
    So hand in hand we strolled down Lover’s Lane
    She was oh so far from a chunk of ice
    And our smoochin’ party was a goin’ real nice
    So help and I think I’d of been there yet
    But I give her a hug and a little squeeze
    And she said “Willie excuse me please
    But I just gotta have another cigarette”

    Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
    Puff puff puff
    And if you smoke yourself to death
    Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
    That you hate to make him wait
    But you just gotta have another cigarette
    Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette
    Puff puff puff
    And if you smoke yourself to death
    Tell St Peter at the Golden Gate
    That you hate to make him wait
    But you just gotta have another cigarette
    Just gotta have another cigarette

    Songwriters: Merle Travis / Tex Williams
    Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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