Multiracial Coalition Supports Higher California Cigarette Tax

At a briefing in California last week a group of multiracial activists assembled in support of the passage of the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA), writes Olu Alemoru of the Los Angeles Wave. The CCRA would add $1 to each pack of cigarettes sold in California and generate over $855 million in its first year which could be used for cancer research as well as California’s tobacco control and prevention program. Speakers cited research showing that African-Americans lose more years of life than all other groups from smoking-related causes, and that tobacco outlets and advertising are disproportionately concentrated in the African-American community. They also noted that three thousand Hispanics die every year from smoking-related illnesses.