As this issue of Extra! reaches subscribers, Californians will be going to the polls, voting not only for political candidates but on a variety of ballot initiatives. One of these initiatives, Proposition 188, was placed on the ballot by a group with the healthy-sounding name of “Californians for Statewide Smoking Restrictions.”
But don’t let the name fool you: These “anti-smoking” Californians are a front for the Philip Morris Company — displaying the same flair for packaging that it shows when it markets the Marlboro Man.
Philip Morris’ initiative would eliminate local smoking ordinances, replacing them with a watered-down statewide standard.