(Excerpt from press release)
Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) elected officials, community leaders, & health advocates will be convening a press conference to urge AANHPI voters to ignore misleading ads funded by the tobacco industry & vote for Prop. 29, the California Cancer Research Act, on June 5th, 2012.
Tobacco companies have spent over $40 million on misleading ads to oppose Proposition 29 that will save lives, prevent kids from smoking and fund research. The new $1 tobacco tax will save 104,000 lives; stop 228,000 kids from smoking; and generate approximately $735 million every year to support life–‐saving research and tobacco prevention programs. More than 17% of all AANHPI adults smoke. Approximately 15,000–‐20,000 AANHPI will die every year because of tobacco related illnesse