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This ad featuring then-actor Ronald Reagan is an example of industry advertising that made smoking so popular. University of California San Francisco Tobacco Archives

Smoking rates in US have fallen to all-time low, but how did they ever get so high?

Smoking rates are at their lowest, but it has been a long and expensive struggle. Promoters of cigarette smoking have included not only tobacco companies but advertisers and even the US government.
California aggressively fights Big Tobacco usage in ads such as this, with funds voters allocated when they increased the tobacco tax by passing Proposition 99 in 1988. California Department of Public Health. California Department of Public Health

Big Tobacco aims its guns to kill California tobacco tax

California has one of the nation's lowest cigarette taxes, due in large part to a powerful tobacco lobby. The power could shift this fall, if a voters agree to raise taxes by $2 a pack.

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