We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.
In 1964, the Surgeon General released a groundbreaking report that linked smoking to many health issues, including lung cancer and heart disease. It sparked a national movement to prevent tobacco-caused disease, and California has led the way with policies to curb tobacco use. Despite the progress we’ve made, tobacco remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death – 480,000 people annually, more than alcohol, murder, illegal drugs, AIDS and motor vehicle accidents combined.
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