June 22, 2012 in Health
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Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, who is an anti-tobacco activist, urges voters to approve California ballot Proposition 29, which calls for an additional $1.00 per pack tax on cigarettes, at a news conference in Los Angeles Friday, June 1, 2012. Patrick Reynolds watched his father, R.J. Reynolds, Jr., his oldest brother R.J. Reynolds III, and other members of his family die from cigarette-induced emphysema and lung cancer. Concerned about the mounting health evidence, he is speaking out against the industry his family helped build. Among tobacco tax rates, California currently is 33rd at 87 cents; at $1.87, the state would be 16th. Today, The R.J. Reynolds tobacco company is a major sponsor of anti-Prop. 29 advertising. (/)