Tell Big Tobacco To Stop Their Opposition To The California Cancer Research Act
  • Petitioned Elizabeth Bailey

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Member of Altria Board of Directors
Elizabeth Bailey
Member of Altria Board of Directors
Gerald L. Baliles

Tell Big Tobacco To Stop Their Opposition To The California Cancer Research Act

    1. Dan Peterson
    2. Petition by

      Dan Peterson

      Pewaukee, WI

The California Cancer Research Act is advocating to raise the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 in a voter referendum scheduled for the next statewide ballot, either in June 2011 or February 2012.

If approved, the initiative could raise between $600-750 million per year for cancer research, education and smoking cessation programs for California residents.

Seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong, joined the cause last month. "Well, I continue to be a person, as a cancer survivor, who hates this disease," said Armstrong. "I hate cancer. It's real simple. And no matter what we have to do in any state, in any country, to help fight the disease, then we'll do it."

However, Philip Morris USA, the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer and home of the Marlboro Man, has created a new Political Action Committee (PAC) to fight the additional tax, claiming it is a regressive tax hurting both low-income smokers and the merchants that sell their products.

Join us in sending a message to two Board Directors of Altria Group, parent company of Philip Morris, and members of their Social Responsibility Committee (as well as university professors) that you support the California Cancer Research Act and that they should instead invest their dollars in education and cessation programs for their customers.

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    2. Big Tobacco vs. Lance Armstrong

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      It seems like a logical win-win plan to fight cancer. The California Cancer Research Act is advocating to raise the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 in a voter referendum scheduled for the next statewide ballot.
      If approved, the initiative...

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    • Izzy Kidder TOPEKA, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm going to sign this petition without a hint of hesitation, even as a smoker. I have never known a person who quit smoking and continued to be a non-smoker for the rest of their life. It's a difficult addiction to shake off, because even when you get over the nicotine withdrawal symptoms and overwhelming cravings. You will still have to fight the cravings through out your life. Knowledge is power and if this act educates people before they are able to start and keep them from smoking...then I'm all for it.

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    • dee dee LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      i hope you will sign this petition with me

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      And, paradoxically, many of the same people pushing guns, wars, tobacco and excessively polluting industries and who are against "socialized medicine" want to save you from drugs. The only thing consistent in these inconsistencies is that they represent profits for the super rich and mega corporations.

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    • John O'Grady BELMONT, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      The Great United States of America has bestowed a completely subpar and positively 3rd. world Health Care System on it people while offering the Best System in the world for those who are supposed to represent us. Senators and Congressmen/women

      These Charlatans believe their Health Care System would be far too expensive for the common person.

      This is truly shocking.

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    • SJ Champ LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      SCREW THE TABACCO COMPANYS !!!! WHO THE FUCK ARE THEY TO SELL TOXIC POISON TO THE POEPLE !!!!!! EVIL SATAN WORSHIPPERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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