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legislative briefingTobacco Control Saves Lives and Billions of Dollars

On May 12, 2011, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) researchers, Drs. Karen Messer, Wendy Max and Stanton Glantz were joined by Dr. Michael Ong, Chairperson of the Tobacco Education Research Oversight Committee and Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Program Officer from the TRDRP to lead a Legislative Briefing at the California State Capital. Research findings conclusively showed the benefits of California’s tobacco control program and what declining support for tobacco control costs the state in lives and dollars.

> Specifically, the researchers reported that: If cigarette taxes are raised $1 per pack with $0.20 of this increase going to tobacco control efforts:

> Healthcare costs are estimated to fall by several billion. Estimates range from $3.3 billion to as much as $28.2 billion between 2012 and 2016 (1,2)

> 4,174 fewer California smokers would die (1)

> Lung Cancer rates will likely continue to drop faster in California than in the rest of the U.S (3)

> Without an increase in funding for the state tobacco control program, smoking prevalence will start to increase, as will healthcare costs borne by California taxpayers and businesses (1,2)



  1. Max, W., Sung, H., & Lightwood, J., The Impact of Changes in California Tobacco Control Expenditures on Healthcare Expenditures, 2012 – 2016, Final Report to the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. 2011.

  2. Lightwood, J. & Glantz, S., Predicted Effect of California Tobacco Control Educational Funding on Smoking Prevalence, Cigarette Consumption, and Healthcare Costs, 2012-2016. Final Report to the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, 2011.

  3. Pierce, J., Messer, K., White, M.M., Kealey, S., & Cowling, D.W., (2010) California’s Leadership in Tobacco Control Results in Lower Lung Cancer Rate, Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0563, 2010



View the presentations to the Legislators:

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michael ongThe Quarter that Changed the World: Celebrating 20 years of Proposition 99
Michael Ong, M.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research Partner
UCLA Health Services Research Center
University of California, Los Angeles

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phil gardnerTobacco Related Disease Research Program: Policy Initiatve Bears Fruit
Philip Gardiner, Dr. P.H.
TRDRP Program Officer
Social Behavioral Sciences, Neurosciences & Policy Research
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program

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karen messerLung Cancer Deaths in California vs the Rest of the USA
Karen Messer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cancer Center / Family & Preventive Medicine
Cancer Prevention & Control Program
University of California San Diego

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wendy maxThe Impact of Changes in California Tobacco Control Funding on Healthcare Expenditures: 2012-2016
Wendy Max, Ph.D.
Professor in Residence, Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging
Adjunct Professor of Medical Economics
University of California San Francisco

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stan glantzThe Effect of California Tobacco Control Program
Stanton Glantz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine; and Director, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
Co-Leader, Tobacco Control Program; and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California San Francisco

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