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This proposed law would establish a Health Protection Fund to pay for health programs relating to tobacco use, including distribution of information about tobacco use, to be financed by a new excise tax on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The Health Protection Fund would be used, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature, to supplement existing funding for the following purposes: school health education programs including information about the hazards of tobacco use; smoking prevention and smoking cessation programs in the workplace and community; tobacco-related public service advertising; drug education programs; support of prenatal and maternal care at community health centers which provide programs on smoking cessation and information on the harmful effects of smoking; and monitoring by the state Department of Public Health of illness and death associated with tobacco.

The proposed law would establish a new excise tax of one and one-quarter cents per cigarette (twenty-five cents per pack of 20) and twenty-five percent of the wholesale price of smokeless tobacco. This excise would be in addition to the excise already imposed on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The new excise would be collected by the state Department of Revenue under the same procedures that apply to the existing tobacco excise.

The proposed law would direct the State Comptroller to report annually on the revenues and expenditures of the Health Protection Fund. The proposed law states that if any of its provisions were found invalid, the other provisions would remain in effect. The proposed law would go into effect on January 1, 1993.

1992 Nov 3 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 1 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 6, 1992?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
16,812
12,283
1,654
29,095
30,749
Precinct 1
 
460
571
94
1,031
1,125
Precinct 2
 
580
664
74
1,244
1,318
Precinct 3
 
536
575
76
1,111
1,187
Precinct 1
 
650
509
77
1,159
1,236
Precinct 2
 
878
551
79
1,429
1,508
Precinct 3
 
908
500
77
1,408
1,485
Precinct 1
 
855
633
100
1,488
1,588
Precinct 2
 
774
569
80
1,343
1,423
Precinct 3
 
898
601
73
1,499
1,572
Precinct 1
 
435
462
48
897
945
Precinct 2
 
529
643
100
1,172
1,272
Precinct 3
 
734
506
66
1,240
1,306
Precinct 1
 
621
669
76
1,290
1,366
Precinct 2
 
710
644
78
1,354
1,432
Precinct 3
 
963
582
82
1,545
1,627
Precinct 1
 
1,309
576
67
1,885
1,952
Precinct 2
 
1,193
611
70
1,804
1,874
Precinct 3
 
1,042
443
63
1,485
1,548
Precinct 1
 
1,049
600
75
1,649
1,724
Precinct 2
 
791
646
113
1,437
1,550
Precinct 3
 
897
728
86
1,625
1,711
Totals
 
16,812
12,283
1,654
29,095
30,749