The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has unanimously approved a resolution supporting the passage of Proposition 86 that will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
Through a new sales tax on cigarettes of $2.60 a pack, the proposition would provide funding to qualified hospitals for emergency services, nursing education and health-related research and programs, according to GHD's resolution.
The resolution also said the anticipated increase in sales tax would reduce the demand for cigarettes, which would reduce the incidence of illnesses and disease, including various form of cancer, heart disease, stroke and pulmonary illnesses.
In addition, the resolution said the GHD board considers the public health benefits to outweigh the increased tax burden.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East County region. The District, which serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital on behalf of local taxpayers, is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent nearly 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
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