California June Vote For Tobacco Tax and Cancer Research
- Apr 24, 2012 | Susan McLain
Californians will go to the polls on June 5, 2012 with a decision to make. Proposition 29, the Tobacco Tax for Cancer Research Act is on the June presidential primary ballot in California.
The Proposition imposes a total of $1.00 additional tax on each pack of cigarettes. Ballotpedia states that “[t]he additional tax revenue will be used to fund cancer research, smoking reduction programs, and tobacco law enforcement.”
The initiative proposes to target 60% of the revenue for “…research of cancer and tobacco-related disease for the purpose of grants and loans to support research into the prevention, early detection, treatments, complementary treatments and potential cures of lung cancer and other types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, emphysema and other tobacco related diseases, including but not limited to coronary heart disease, and chronic obstructive lung disease.” It allocates the remaining funds between facilities and capital equipment, tobacco prevention and cessation programs and law enforcement with 2% for administration.
The measure has strong supporters and opponents. Arguments for and against have been waged for several years with supporters such as “7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, and retired President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Don Perata.” Approximately $4.6 million has been contributed to the “yes” campaign. The opposition includes major tobacco companies such as R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris and local organizations such as the California Taxpayers Association and Americans for Prosperity. Approximately $23.8 million has been spent on the “no” campaign.
For more details on the vote “yes” and vote “no” arguments, visit BallotPedia.