State Split On Prop. 29

A controversial measure that would impose a new cigarette tax seemed to split the state voting population in half.

However, with an unofficial ballot count, Prop. 29 was rejected.

The final count found 50.8 percent of voters voted against the measure, while 49.2 percent approved the proposition.

The measure would have added a $1 tax per pack of cigarettes and an equivalent tax on other tobacco products.

The additional tax would have funded cancer research.

The tax will remain at $0.87 per pack if the unofficial count holds up.

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