WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Association for Cancer Research is profoundly disappointed by the narrow defeat of Proposition 29, The California Cancer Research Act, which it regards as a missed opportunity to save lives from death and disease caused by tobacco use.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death in the United States and is responsible for 18 different cancers and nearly a third of all cancer deaths. The single most impactful measure we could take to prevent people from dying from cancer is simply to prevent them from using tobacco in the first place, and by increasing the cost of cigarettes, which is what Proposition 29 would have helped achieve.
The AACR nonetheless applauds the passionate commitment of the many organizations and individuals who worked tirelessly to raise awareness about tobacco’s toll and who built a tremendous level of support for Proposition 29. The AACR is confident that the momentum to combat tobacco use will not stop with the June 5 vote and hopes that states across the nation will be inspired to consider similar anti-tobacco measures.