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Prop 56 Health Advocates Deliver Giant Invoice from California Taxpayers to Big Tobacco

In the week leading up to the election, supporters of Proposition 56 rallied across the state to call on Big Tobacco to take responsibility for the $3.5 billion burden they place on the state’s Medi-Cal program. In events from the Central Valley to Southern California to Sacramento, health advocates spotlighted the cost of tobacco-related diseases–and how Prop […]

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Health Advocates Protest Big Tobacco’s Lies

Yesterday, Health Access California joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood, and other health and children’s advocacy groups to protect the tobacco industry’s lies about Prop 56, chanting outside the California lobbying offices of cigarette maker Altria. Outside of Big Tobacco’s front door, 5,600 toe tags were […]

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Wonkery for Your Week

We wanted to spotlight two of the recent Health Wonk Reviews, a biweekly compendium of the best from the health policy blogosphere. Last week, Charles Gaba at ACAsignups.net (the best place to track Obamacare enrollment nationally) had a very California-heavy edition, with posts about Covered California’s quality initiatives, our death-with-dignity law, and our post about […]

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Tobacco-Prevention Initiatives: Saving Lives and Money

Did you know? Every year, nearly 40,000 Californians die needlessly from tobacco-related diseases. Big Tobacco lures 16,800 California children a year into this deadly addiction, most of them children of color. One out of every three kids who starts smoking will ultimately die as a direct result. The healthcare cost of tobacco use is $13 […]

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