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Mar 4, 2011

ABC News: Proposed cigarette tax to fund cancer research

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 »

Mar 2, 2011

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

by Lance Armstrong and Don Perata  read more »

Mar 1, 2011

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

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 »

Feb 27, 2011

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

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 »

Feb 18, 2011

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

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

Jan 19, 2011

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

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

Aug 25, 2010

California Cancer Research Act Qualifies for Statewide Ballot

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 »

Jul 14, 2010

Raise tobacco tax - July 12 letter to the editor

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 »

Jul 10, 2010

Cigarette tax initative could be on 2012 ballot

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 »

Jul 9, 2010

Opinion: Act Needed To Boost Work on Cancer, Tobacco

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 »

Jul 8, 2010

Initiative will take aim at cancer — and tobacco

Cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide this year. Without global action, the number of people living with — and dying from — the disease will triple by 2030. As a cancer survivor, I'm overwhelmed by the toll this disease takes on humankind. Despite continuing advancements in medical treatment and prevention, cancer remains a leading cause of death in California, with more than 140,000 Californians diagnosed every year.  read more »

Jun 30, 2010

Submitting Signatures to Qualify the Cancer Research Act for the Ballot

The American Lung Association in California is pleased to join with its health partners and Senator Perata to make this announcement -- we have succeeded in the monumental task of collecting enough signatures to qualify a truly life-saving initiative for the ballot.  read more »

Jun 29, 2010

Lance Armstrong endorses the California Cancer Research Act!

Lance Armstrong endorses the California Cancer Research Act!  read more »

Jun 28, 2010

Initiative to up tobacco tax for cancer research aims for 2012

Proponents of a proposed initiative that would increase the cigarette tax by $1 a pack to raise funds for cancer research are submitting petition signatures to qualify for the 2012 ballot.  read more »

May 12, 2010

Lance Armstrong and Team RadioShack Ride for Everyday Heroes

Supporters Can Compete in Online Game for Chance to Win Name on Armstrong's Bike During the Tour de France  read more »

Apr 12, 2010

These petition-gatherers are saving lives

In California and in Kern County, the war against Big Tobacco goes on.  read more »

Apr 12, 2010

American Lung Association Report Shows Health Disparities in Lung Cancer on African Americans

The American Lung Association released its latest report today, Too Many Cases, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans [1], a compilation of research examining lung cancer among African Americans and the need to eliminate this and other health disparities.  read more »

Mar 11, 2010

Recolectan firmas para una iniciativa para gravar tabaco

IMPUESTO: Calculan que 40,000 personas morirán por enfermedades asociadas al tabaco cada año en California.  read more »

Jan 14, 2010

State high court denies tobacco company appeals

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied tobacco companies' appeals of a San Francisco jury's award of $2.85 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of lung cancer after smoking cigarettes for 26 years.  read more »

Jan 12, 2010


California gets a failing grade on tobacco prevention spending – as well as low marks for cessation coverage and for its low level of cigarette taxes – according to the annual “State of Tobacco Control” report card issued today by the American Lung Association.    read more »

Nov 16, 2009

Perata Supports Cigarette Tax For Cancer Research

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata said Monday that he's helping launch a state initiative that would increase cigarette taxes by $1 a pack to provide more than $500 million a year to prevent, detect, treat and cure cancer.  read more »

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