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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 »

Tobacco Money: The Good

The Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids recently updated their database of campaign contributions from the  tobacco industry to Members of Congress with data from the 2009-2010 election cycle.  California has two senators and 53 representatives and 15 out of the 55 California members (all 15 are representatives) accepted contributions from the tobacco industry.  This calculates out to 27 percent of the California Members of Congress taking campaign contributions from the industry responsible for the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  So why is that good news?  Well, by comparison to Members of Congress from other states and California’s state legislators, California’s federal representatives are fairly responsible when it comes to not taking contributions from the tobacco industry.

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