Dear Straight Talk: I’m following the ballot proposition to add $1 tax to a pack of cigarettes purchased in California. The tax will be used for researching tobacco-related cancers and illnesses. There are claims that the tax increase will reduce the number of young people who light up. If it helps curb new smokers, I’m all for it, but a friend thinks it’s just another tax on the mostly poor and uneducated. Does your panel think this extra cost will be a deterrent for new smokers? — Curious about the youth perspective in Irvine
Elise, 20, Rexburg, Idaho: I support the tax for cancer research. However, if kids want to smoke, I doubt it will affect their decision.
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