On June 5th, Californians will go to the polls to vote on several propositions. One of them, Proposition 29, is an initiative which would add a $1 per-pack on cigarettes in order to raise over $700 million annually for cancer research, smoking cessation efforts and anti-smoking messages geared toward youth.
In this podcast we speak with Dr. Stan Glantz about why the passage of Proposition 29 will significantly reduce smoking rates in California while raising money for cancer research and other programs. He also speaks about some of the tactics that big tobacco companies are using to win support from local organizations to fight the proposition.
Dr. Glantz is a professor of Medicine and Director for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco.