The final votes are not quite in, but it does appear that Proposition 29, the $1 per pack tobacco tax will be defeated. California has been a minority-majority state for many years. In this opinion piece, the writers argue that Prop 29 backers failed to reach out to communities of color — to the detriment of the campaign.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis