California Cancer Research Act Qualifies For 2012 Ballot

Measure will increase funding for Cancer Research and Save Lives

Sacramento, CA (August 24, 2010)

Today, the Secretary of State's office announced that the California Cancer Research Act qualified for the 2012 primary 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.

"We are excited about qualifying for the ballot and are looking ahead to make sure that the California Cancer Research Acts passes in 2012," Former Senate Pro Temp Don Perata said. "There is huge support across the state from volunteers and voters that helped qualify this measure."

"Increasing California's cigarette excise tax to fund tobacco control and prevention programs is a sound investment," said Roman J. Bowser, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate. "This measure will save lives by helping current smokers quit smoking and providing much-needed research funding for tobacco-related diseases, including heart disease and stroke."

Despite advances in treatment and prevention, nearly one out of every two Californians born today will develop cancer at some point in their lives, and nearly one in five will die from it. The California Cancer Research Act will help to save lives by putting crucial research dollars into the hands of California's research community, many of which are winners of the Nobel Prize for medicine.

"The California Cancer Research Act will raise more than $500 million a year to help California's research community – which includes several winners of the Nobel Prize for medicine -- make advances in the detection, treatment, prevention and cure of cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other smoking-related illnesses," said David F. Veneziano, CEO, American Cancer Society, California Division.

"Over the last decade, Big Tobacco spent 10 times as much marketing tobacco in California as the state did on tobacco education. When the California Cancer Research Act passes, it will provide critical funding for cancer research including advances in the detection and treatment of lung cancer, and triple the funding for smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention – preventing tens of thousands of children from becoming smokers, and helping thousands of smokers who want to quit," Jane Warner, President & CEO, American Lung Association in California said.

About the California Cancer Research Act:

The California Cancer Research Act will establish a nine-member oversight committee will award all funds, including: three directors from California's National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers, three UC Chancellors from the California Institute for Quantitative Biological Research, one practicing California physician with expertise in cardiovascular disease and two representatives of disease advocacy organizations.

The California Cancer Research Act will invest 98 cents out of every dollar raised in research, education and enforcement ‐‐ with criminal penalties for any misuse of funds. 60 percent of all funds will go to research into prevention, causes and treatment of cancer and other smoking related illnesses, 20 percent will fund smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention, 15 percent will pay for facilities and equipment to support research and 3 percent will help police enforce anti‐tobacco laws and stop tobacco smuggling. No more than 2 percent will be spent on administrative costs.