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Dr. Elizabeth Buisker examines Rod Pyland at the Marillac Clinic in Grand Junction. Kay Ramachandran, executive director of the Marillac Clinic, which hopes to obtain grant money from the new tobacco tax, said the state needs more resources to help people quit the habit.

Amendment 72: Raising tobacco taxes may get more to quit, proponents say

The last time Colorado voters approved new taxes on tobacco products more than a decade ago, sales for cigarettes declined by more than 100 million packs a year.
So when cigarette sales increased last year by about 1.1 million packs, numerous Colorado groups that fight to reduce the use of tobacco got together and decided to push for a new tax hike in an attempt to push those sales down again.
And in the hopes of keeping those sales down, drafters of the new tax increase proposed in Amendment 72 assured that the raise will be nearly three times as much as the one in 2004.

Trial put on hold for mental evaluation

A trial that was set for next week for a Grand Junction man accused of photographing nude underage girls for paid-subscription websites is on hold, after his attorneys asked for an evaluation of his mental competency, according to the Mesa County court clerk’s office.

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