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Proposition 86 on the November ballot would triple the cigarette tax, bringing the total price per pack to about $6.60.  We hear the pros and cons of a measure pitting hospitals against big tobacco.  Plus, an update on the California gubernatorial campaign.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Proposition 86: Should Smokers Save ER's and Provide Healthcare for Children? 18 MIN, 3 SEC

Proposition 86 would triple the cigarette tax, from 87¢ to $3.47 a pack, bringing the total cost for a cigarette pack to about $6.60. The estimated $2.1 billion raised every year would give health insurance to kids who don't have it and reimburse emergency rooms for serving the uninsured. Most of the $50 million raised to fight Prop 86 comes from the tobacco companies. There's $13 million against it, mostly from hospitals.  Would Prop 86 make California a healthier state? Is it fair to smokers? Would it encourage cigarette smuggling by criminal gangs?

Guests:
Lynda Gledhill, Sacramento Correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle
Charlie W. Shaeffer, Former president of the American Heart Association
Carla Haas, Spokeswoman for No on 86

Making News Schwarzenegger's Double-Digit Lead over Angelides 6 MIN, 14 SEC

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has increased his lead over Treasurer Phil Angelides with less than six weeks until election day. The Field Poll has Schwarzenegger 10 points ahead. The Public Policy Institute of California gives him a 17-point lead.

Guests:
Steve Harmon, Contra Costa Times

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