Major tobacco firms fund fight against Prop 29 in Calif.

R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris are contributing to a campaign to vote down Proposition 29, which would impose a $1 tax increase to packs of cigarettes sold in California. The measure would enable the state to generate funds for cancer research. The new tax is estimated to translate to a yearly loss of $1 billion in tobacco sales.

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