Continued from page 1

“I hope we don’t get any more taxes. That’s pretty much it,” said the Glendale nurse.

A slew of newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, have opposed the measure while proclaiming their reluctance to side with tobacco companies. They argue that the revenue should go to the state, which Gov. Jerry Brown announced last month now faces a deficit of $16 billion.

With a smoking rate of 12.1 percent, California has not raised these taxes since 2000. If the measure passes, California would still have only the 16th highest tax rate in the nation.

Tobacco companies spent $66 million to defeat another tobacco tax measure in 2006.