CHA News Article

CHA Endorses Proposition 29
Initiative funds cancer research and smoking-cessation programs

The CHA Board voted April 5, 2011, to endorse Proposition 29, the California Cancer Research Act,  on the June 5 primary election ballot. The initiative would impose a $1 per pack cigarette tax. The monies generated from the tax, estimated at more than $855 million per year, would fund cancer research, smoking-cessation programs and enforcement of tobacco laws.

Studies show Proposition 29 will save hundreds of thousands of lives from tobacco-related deaths and illnesses, as well as billions of dollars in health care costs. It is estimated that one in every two Californians born today will develop cancer during their lifetime and 34,000 California children become new daily smokers every year.

Tobacco companies have launched an aggressive $20 million campaign to defeat Proposition 29 that includes numerous television commercials. Proposition 29 is sponsored by several health care organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Livestrong, California Medical Association and University of California Board of Regents. Fact sheets and more information are available at www.CaliforniansforaCure.org.

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