Torlakson, Pan visit CKM to launch drive for higher tobacco tax
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, state Senator Richard Pan, SCUSD Board Member Jay Hansen and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer met with students at C.K. McClatchy High School on January 19 to launch a signature-gathering drive aimed at raising the tobacco tax.
The initiative calls for increasing the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack. It would also extend tobacco taxes to electronic cigarettes, whose use by teenagers tripled between 2013 and 2014.