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This election has the potential to affect public health and shake up hospitals, drug companies, and insurance industries in dramatic ways. Here are nine issues to watch as results roll in:

1. Cigarette tax hikes

Where: California, North Dakota, Colorado, Missouri


Four states are voting on whether to raise their tobacco tax. California’s proposing to increase the tax by $2 a pack; North Dakota $1.76; Colorado $1.75; Missouri 15 cents.

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