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ABC News: Proposed cigarette tax to fund cancer research

by Melissa MacBride, KABC Los Angeles

Friday, March 4, 2011
Seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong is joining the fight to fund cancer research in California and save lives.  read more »

It's California's Time to Make History in the Fight to End Cancer

Original article available at The Huffington Post

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
by Lance Armstrong and Don Perata  read more »

California Cancer Research Act Names Lance Armstrong and Sen. Don Perata as Campaign Co-Chairs

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
New Analysis Released By The Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids Finds That Initiative Would Save 64,500 Lives In Southern California And Prevent 142,500 Area Children From Smoking  read more »

LA TIMES: Lance Armstrong campaigns for tobacco tax initiative to fund cancer research

This article will appear in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, 28 February 2011

Available online from 2/27/11 at the Los Angeles Times

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will launch a campaign in support of the California Cancer Research Act, which would add a $1 tax to tobacco products.  read more »

Big Tobacco's Big Money Smokescreen to Kill The California Cancer Research Act

Friday, February 18, 2011
Cigarette barons, Philip Morris USA< create political committee in California to finance campaign against cancer research ballot measure  read more »

Dr. Ernie Bodai gives the California Cancer Research Act his Stamp of Approval

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Founder of the Breast Cancer Research postage stamp endorses the California initiative to use tobacco dollars for cancer cure.  read more »

California Cancer Research Act Qualifies for Statewide Ballot

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sacramento- Today, the Secretary of State’s office announced that the California Cancer Research Act qualified for the next statewide ballot. The coalition of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the Livestrong Foundation, with support from former Senate Pro Temp Don Perata, submitted signatures for verification in June.  read more »

Raise tobacco tax - July 12 letter to the editor

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
FINALLY, CALIFORNIA voters are getting another shot at a tobacco tax. Thanks to the 634,722 registered voters who signed on in support, truckloads of petitions were turned into the state on Wednesday to get the California Cancer Research Act on the ballot.  read more »

Cigarette tax initative could be on 2012 ballot

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Backers of a state initiative that would increase cigarette taxes by $1 a pack to provide more than $500 million a year to prevent, detect and treat cancer said today that they have gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot in 2012.  read more »

Opinion: Act Needed To Boost Work on Cancer, Tobacco

Friday, July 9, 2010
The California Cancer Research Act, which supporters are attempting to qualify for the 2012 ballot, would spend $500 million to find ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer, as well as raise the cigarette tax by $1 per pack to fund tobacco education efforts, Don Perata (D), former Senate President Pro Tempore and current Oakland mayoral candidate, writes in a San Jose Mercury News opinion piece.  read more »

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