After weeks of counting absentee and provisional ballots following California’s June 5 primary election, Proposition 29, the California Cancer Research Act, was defeated today. The measure failed by a narrow margin, 50.3 – 49.7 percent. (The final tally is subject to change—the Secretary of State has until July 13 to certify the election results.)
Prop 29 would’ve increased state tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack and applied the revenue to fund cancer and tobacco-related disease research and tobacco prevention and cessation programs in California.
“It’s disappointing to see that the tens millions of dollars the tobacco industry spent on deceptive ads against this life-saving measure were so effective,” said Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., president and director of Sanford-Burnham’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. “We missed a unique opportunity to create the world’s largest Cancer Research Fund, surpassed only by the National Cancer Institute, right here in California.”