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California's tobacco tax is now in the top 10 nationwide

 (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
(Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

California voters approved a $2-per-pack increase to the cigarette tax in November — the first time the tobacco tax had been raised in almost two decades.

The decision has vaulted California into the top 10 highest cigarette taxes in the country, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation

California's previous $0.87 tax on a pack of cigarettes was 37th highest in the country. Now, the $2.87 tax ranks 9th.

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