SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Proponents of an effort to raise California’s cigarette tax have launched a new effort to raise the cigarette tax by $2 a pack, this time with support from wealthy donor Tom Steyer.

A group that includes the California Medical Association, American Lung Association and Service Employees International Union said it submitted a new ballot initiative Wednesday.

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The group already was cleared to gather signatures for two other similar measures to raise the cigarette tax by $2 a pack, with most of the money going to the Medi-Cal program for the poor.

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Similar legislation stalled in the Legislature this year amid opposition from tobacco companies. Voters have rejected two other cigarette tax hikes in the last decade.

California’s current per-pack tax is 15th lowest in the nation at 87 cents.

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