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On California’s June 5 primary ballot, voters will have an opportunity to consider Proposition 29, the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA). CCRA’s goal is to provide funding for cancer research by increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1. At 87 cents per pack, California’s tax on cigarettes is currently among the lowest in the nation.
California Cancer Research Act by the numbers:
June 5, 2012
Passing Proposition 29 would mean:
$1 increase in tax per-pack of cigarettes
$735 million total generated annually
$441 million per year for research on cancer and tobacco-related diseases
$110 million per year for facilities and equipment to support research
9-member Citizen’s Oversight Committee, including 3 directors from California’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers
Sanford-Burnham’s board of trustees endorsed CCRA last September. CCRA is also supported by all major patient advocacy groups, including American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and LIVESTRONG.
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