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Act Now! Assembly and Senate Budget Committees Reject Governor's Budget Proposal

The Assembly and Senate Budget Committees have voted to reject the Governor’s budget proposal! However, each house has introduced different Prop 56 spending proposals that will need to be reconciled in the Legislative Budget Conference Committee.

Coalition Files Initiative to Raise State’s Tobacco Tax

Save Lives California—a broad coalition of physicians, patients, taxpayers and health care workers—has filed an initiative with the Attorney General’s office that would increase California’s tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack. The San Francisco Medical Society and the California Medical Association are part of this coalition.

SFMS Champions Tobacco Regulation at August Lobby Day

On August 26, 2015, three SFMS physician members joined over a hundred health care workers, and patient advocates at a daylong rally at the Capitol in Sacramento in support of the six tobacco control bills heard during the Special Extraordinary Session on Healthcare 2015 convened by Governor Brown.

Prop 29: Good vs. Evil

Did you pay any taxes last year? If so, and even if you don’t smoke tobacco, some of your money went to pay for the costs of tobacco-related disease—and helped put money into tobacco industry coffers as well. If you don’t like that deal, Proposition 29 won’t fix it, but it will help.