A shop owner sells a pack of cigarettes to a customer in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bill Would Raise California Cigarette Tax By $2 Per Pack

A bill to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, a hike that supporters say would curb smoking deaths and critics argue would place an unnecessary burden on consumers and small businesses.


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Homeless Man Arrested For Allegedly Starting Big Sur Wildfire With Cigarette

A transient was arrested Monday for allegedly starting a small fire that burned forest land in Big Sur in March.



Man Caught Reading Porn Magazine With Child In El Cerrito Safeway Women’s Bathroom

An El Sobrante man was arrested at a Safeway in El Cerrito over the weekend after allegedly reading a pornographic magazine while accompanied by a small child in the women’s restroom, smoking a cocaine-laced joint and stealing a soda, police said Tuesday.


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Elderly Woman Critically Injured In Hayward Fire Caused By Cigarette

An elderly woman was critically injured in a fire apparently caused by a cigarette at her home in Hayward on Thursday night, a fire department spokesman said Friday.


Firefighters at the scene of an apartment fire on the 1400 block of Kerley Drive in San Jose, March 20, 2012. (CBS)

Cigarette Sparks San Jose Apartment Fire

Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in San Jose early Tuesday morning, a fire captain said.


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Vacaville Woman, Dog Killed In Fire Caused By Lit Cigarette

A fire in a house that killed a Vacaville woman Monday was unintentional and most likely caused by a lit cigarette, Vacaville police said.


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Teen Burned With Cigarette During SF Pacific Heights Robbery

Three men were robbed at gunpoint and one was burned with a cigarette at a park in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood on Tuesday night, police said.


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Dropped Cigarette Thought To Be Cause Of SF Tenderloin Apartment Fire

A fire in a 6-storey apartment building that injured one resident and a firefighter in San Francisco Sunday morning was probably caused by a cigarette dropped into a lightwell, fire officials said.



Cigarette Blamed For Fire Injuring Elderly Antioch Man

A 73-year-old man was critically injured in an apartment fire in Antioch early Friday morning, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.



San Francisco Judge Upholds Cigarette Surcharge

A San Francisco judge has upheld the city’s 20-cent-per-pack surcharge on cigarettes.