I am a JDHS student and I think that it's not necessary to tax tobacco again after the state imposed a buck-a-pack last year.
I spoke with the classmates about this when we did a mock assembly on the tax increase recently.
More than half of my classmates opposed the increase. In my opinion what should be taxed more is alcohol.
It's been causing teen problems, impaired judgment, depression, car accidents and certain health problems for a long time.
I urge voters to reject the tobacco tax and to push hard for increased taxes on alcohol.
Even if they estimate $300,000 will come into city coffers next year, there's no guarantee that it will go into prevention.