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.
A transient was arrested Monday for allegedly starting a small fire that burned forest land in Big Sur in March.
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.
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 extinguished a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in San Jose early Tuesday morning, a fire captain said.
A fire in a house that killed a Vacaville woman Monday was unintentional and most likely caused by a lit cigarette, Vacaville police said.
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.
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.
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.
A San Francisco judge has upheld the city’s 20-cent-per-pack surcharge on cigarettes.