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Big Tobacco Spends Big On Ads Against Tobacco Tax

If you haven't yet seen a commercial featuring a doctor dressed in doctor's garb urging you to vote 'no' on Prop 29, a $1.00 tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products, then you will. If you watch any amount of television, you will.

The group Californians Against Out of Control Spending/Taxing has spent nearly $900,000 on tv ads on local stations; KUSI, CBS, NBC, and the three major cable providers; Cox, DirecTV, and AT&T.

"I'm against smoking," the woman says inside a doctor's examination room. "So, I thought Prop 29 was a good idea. It raises $735 million dollars in tobacco taxes but not one penny goes to new funding for cancer treatment. Instead, it creates a huge new research bureaucracy with no accountability, run by political appointees who can spend our tax dollars in other states."

The group is funded by tobacco giants Phillip Morris, RJ Reynolds, and affiliated companies Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, and the American Snuff Company. According to campaign finance records available on the California Secretary of State website, the group raised $12,088,658.65 in contributions from January 1 to March 17. So far, it has spent $7,945,264 with $4,531,467 in the bank.

The vast majority of commercials are set to run later this month and will run until early-June. And apparently, the group is banking on an anti-tax message, targeting adults 35 years of age and older. The ads will run during the NBA playoffs, NASCAR events, on FX, USA, CNN, Bravo, and during Lakers and Clippers games.

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If you haven't yet seen a commercial featuring a doctor dressed in doctor's garb urging you to vote 'no' on Prop 29, a $1.00 tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products, then you will. If you watch any amount of television, you will.

The group Californians Against Out of Control Spending/Taxing has spent nearly $900,000 on tv ads on local stations; KUSI, CBS, NBC, and the three major cable providers; Cox, DirecTV, and AT&T.

"I'm against smoking," the woman says inside a doctor's examination room. "So, I thought Prop 29 was a good idea. It raises $735 million dollars in tobacco taxes but not one penny goes to new funding for cancer treatment. Instead, it creates a huge new research bureaucracy with no accountability, run by political appointees who can spend our tax dollars in other states."

The group is funded by tobacco giants Phillip Morris, RJ Reynolds, and affiliated companies Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, and the American Snuff Company. According to campaign finance records available on the California Secretary of State website, the group raised $12,088,658.65 in contributions from January 1 to March 17. So far, it has spent $7,945,264 with $4,531,467 in the bank.

The vast majority of commercials are set to run later this month and will run until early-June. And apparently, the group is banking on an anti-tax message, targeting adults 35 years of age and older. The ads will run during the NBA playoffs, NASCAR events, on FX, USA, CNN, Bravo, and during Lakers and Clippers games.

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So, "Californians Against" turns out to be 5 out-of-stage cigarette companies.

Telling us how to run our health policy.

Apparently they're just the expertise we were looking for.

Ya think?

April 24, 2012

Yes this group "Californians Against..." is Big Tobacco . The truth is in front of our eyes. A YES vote on Prop 29 will SAVE LIVES and provide cancer research to help millions of people.

This is very simple...you want to save lives and prevent kids from ever smoking or you think Big Tobacco should make more profits and make more people sick.

April 24, 2012

The fact is this: The tobacco industry stands to lose $1 billion in sales per year in California after Prop 29 passes from thousands of kids who don't start and thousands of people who smoke who will smoke less or quit. We know this because this is exactly what has happened in other states after they have raised their tobacco tax. Hmmm. Who supports the NO campaign? Why the very businesses that place the poison in the hands of children. Every household in California currently sees an average of $621 in their tax dollars go to pay for the privilege of the tobacco industry to addict, sicken and kill their best customers and their families.

April 24, 2012

Tobacco is responsible for about a third of all cancer deaths. Think about all the billions of dollars in health costs and lives wasted as a result of tobacco. We all pay some of those costs because smokers ultimately need a significant amount of medical care due to their habit, and those of us who do not smoke subsidize their care. It is time to pass on more of the cost to the source of the problem - tobacco. Unless of course you want to continue to shoulder the costs smoking causes for the rest of us through higher insurance premiums.

Pick a side - tobacco companies who are bankrolling the opposition, or health charities whose mission it is to find cures and eliminate suffering.

Not a tough choice.

April 24, 2012

I have three relatives dead from tobacco-related disease, I certainly don't believe this "Dr La Donna Porter MD" who is being paid by the drug pushers from Marlboro and Camel to lie to Californians. "Dr La Donna Porter MD" can collect her tv royalty checks until she's blue in the face, but I'm not buying her lies. With the tobacco companies trying to buy our votes (remember Meg Whitman?) this is an easy choice. I'm voting YES on Prop 29. Instead of more tobacco industry lies, I'll vote YES to save lives! Raising the price of cigarettes by $1 a pack is the best way we know to have fewer of our kids starting to smoke.

April 25, 2012

'Dr' Porter should be struck off the medical register for failing to honour the Hippocratic Oath. If she were true to her profession, she would seek to account for the origins of tobacco-related illness and death (the people named at the bottom of the campaign page). Instead, she tries to deceive with an emphasis on treatment options. The intended effect is that the expression dating from the time of Hippocrates ('an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure') is paid lip service. The Hippocratic oath, which speaks of "First do no harm' contrasts with 'Dr' Porters' stance. It is for this reason she should be struck off.

This campaign is labelled 'Californians against out of control spending/taxing'. Why on earth is the tax on cigarettes not greater? As a medical professional presumably in touch with the effects of smoking ("I'm against smoking"), she might account for the damage caused. Her words don't reveal that level of professionalism, however. The effects themselves resemble an out of control taxation, and given the documented harm, the purchase of tobacco is out of control spending. For this group to genuinely live up to its' name, they would support Prop 29.

April 26, 2012
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