For Immediate Release June 22, 2012Contact: Campaign Hotline, 916.397.4618
Yes on Prop 29 Concedes DefeatThanks Supporters, Pledges to Keep Fighting
– Almost three weeks after the June 5 election, the Yes on 29campaign today conceded a narrow defeat on Proposition 29, the tobacco taxinitiative that would have raised money for cancer research while lowering smokingrates throughout California. The Yes on 29 campaign released this statement:“While the final numbers are not yet in, it appears that California’s Prop 29 will bedefeated. In what is the closest ballot initiative in California history, Big Tobacco’s$50 million misinformation campaign will rob Californians of the ability to invest morethan $500 million annually in cancer research, save more than 104,000 lives, stopmore than 228,000 kids from smoking and reduce long-term health care costs bymore than $5 billion. Since 2002, 47 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico haveincreased their cigarette tax rates more than 105 times. We are saddened thatCalifornia will not be joining them; but remain firm in our commitment to continuefighting Big Tobacco and the promotion of their deadly products to Californians,especially our children.“Out-of-state big Tobacco’s victory was a defeat for the public health of
Californian. We are sorely disappointed that, yet again, Big Tobacco placed its profitsahead of the health of California and the nation. The tobacco industry spent more the$200 for every child that they want to eventually take up smoking. It’s a sad day forCalifornia and for the millions of Californians who are fighting and will fight cancer,heart disease and lung disease.“The narrow defeat of Prop 29 is even more disheartening when viewed in light of California’s ongoing budget battles. Smokers cost California more than $16 billioneach year and add to the state and nation’s healthcare crisis. While California andstates across the country struggle to cope with dire financial predictions, Big Tobaccocontinues to earn billions of dollars on the backs of all those addicted to tobacco andthe taxpayers who bear the true brunt of their efforts.“We are proud of the campaign we ran and the remarkable grassroots effort led bythe American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network,the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Lance ArmstrongFoundation, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the thousands of volunteersthroughout California. We want to be
this setback will not slow our ongoing
Paid for by Yes on 29, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc. and American Cancer Society Inc. Ballot Committee. Major funding by American Cancer Society Inc. and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc.