State of Tobacco Control 2012

TOBACCO REPORT CARD SHOWS CALIFORNIA FALLING BEHIND IN KEY TOBACCO CONTROL PRIORITY AREAS, HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF PASSING CALIFORNIA CANCER RESEARCH ACT

sotc-2012-rectangleThe State of Tobacco Control 2012 grades all fifty states and the federal government on four key tobacco control policies - Tobacco Control and Prevention Spending, Smokefree Air, Cigarette Tax, and Cessation Coverage. California earned a D in the State of Tobacco Control 2012 report for its low cigarette tax and currently ranks 33rd for its $0.87 per pack tax, far below the national average of $1.46. The state also earned an F for failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs.

In coordination with the national report, the State of Tobacco Control 2012 - California Local Grades issues grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on policies for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

Both the state and local grades demonstrate the need for California voters to pass the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) on the June 2012 ballot. The California Cancer Research Act would increase the state's tobacco tax by $1.00 per pack with revenues going to fund treatment, prevention, and cures for lung disease, heart disease and stroke, cancer, and other tobacco-related illnesses. The measure would also triple the state's funding for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.

Passing CCRA will help save lives, prevent our kids from smoking, and make California the leader in cancer research and tobacco prevention. Help us pass this initiative by signing up now to take action against cancer and lung disease.


View the Press Release - Boletin de Prensa en español

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View the nationwide American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2012 at www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org

 


Download the State of Tobacco Control 2012 - California Local Grades

 

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sotc2010-button View last year's State of Tobacco Control report here.





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Maria Bernabe, 213-384-5864 ext. 243, Maria.Bernabe@lung.org

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