Statement of Olivia Gertz, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California, on the California Legislature’s passage of key tobacco legislation on March 3, 2016

(March 3, 2016)

The American Lung Association in California is proud to have co-sponsored and led efforts to encourage the California Assembly to pass the most important slate of bills to protect Californians from harmful tobacco, and emerging products such as e-cigarettes, in decades.

When enacted, this monumental package of bills will ensure that California is once again at the forefront of protecting youth and adults from the harmful impacts of tobacco. Coupled with the upcoming ballot initiative by the Save Lives California coalition to increase the state’s dismal national ranking in tobacco taxes, this year could be a landmark period in improving public health in California.

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