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Green California

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids released their annual report this week on state tobacco control funding and the Master Settlement Agreement.  Titled A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 13 Years Later, this report details how much each state spends on tobacco control compared to the recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This is an interesting read every year and especially this year to see some of the hard truths about spending on tobacco control including the fact that states decreased funding for tobacco control programs by 12 percent in the past year.

Looking at this report, I can’t help but wonder what it could look like next year and for years to come if California voters pass the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) next June.  Matthew Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has stated, “Next year, California voters can make their state a leader again in the fight against tobacco by approving the California Cancer Research Act.”  Read More »

What Are You Doing Next June?

Governor Jerry Brown made it official. The California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) will appear on the ballot on June 5, 2012, along with the presidential, congressional and legislative primaries.

CCRA is a ballot initiative that would increase the tobacco tax in California by $1 per pack, raising more than $450 million per year to help California’s research community make advances in the detection, treatment, prevention and cure of cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other smoking-related illnesses.  If passed, the measure would also provide more than $150 million annually for tobacco prevention and cessation. Read More »

Tobacco Money: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We’ve called our state “America’s Nonsmoking Section.”  We were the first to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.  We have a comprehensive tobacco control program that is the model for other states.  We pride ourselves on being the leader in tobacco control.  And when it comes to accepting campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, California is again leading the nation, but down the wrong path.

In coordination with the release of our latest report, Tobacco Money in California Politics, we are starting a four-part blog series titled Tobacco Money: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly that will dig deeper into the significance of the numbers in our report and show how tobacco industry spending in California compares to other industries and other states.  The story told in our report and blog posts will make clear the vast financial resources that the tobacco industry continues to use to influence public policy in our state.  This post is Part 1 and the schedule for the remaining posts is: Read More »

The Art of Saying No

I have been volunteer signature gathering for the California Cancer Research Act in my personal time and overall it has been a great experience trying to collect signatures and get a life-saving initiative qualified for the ballot.  The one thing that takes getting used to is hearing no, and hearing no a lot.

After this experience, I will rethink how I respond to people Read More »