Healthcare ballot measures met mixed voter response Nov. 7. Voters in Arizona, Nevada and Ohio faced dueling measures to restrict smoking indoors, and in each case chose the tougher ban. In California, voters rejected a $2.60 tax increase per cigarette pack that would have generated $2.1 billion annually for healthcare initiatives, including some $788 million for hospitals. Missouri voters also rejected an increase in the tobacco tax but approved a stem-cell research initiative. Voters in Oregon authorized an expansion of the states prescription-drug program to allow all residents without prescription-drug coverage to enroll. Efforts to legalize marijuana failed in the three states considering the matter, as did moves to restrict access to abortions in three states, including South Dakota, where voters rejected a law that virtually banned abortion. Minimum-wage laws passed in all six states in which they were offered. -- by Mark Taylor
Voters in 3 states OK smoking limits
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