The California Podiatric Medical Association Supports Prop 56

The California Podiatric Medical Association Supports Prop 56


Prop. 56 – supported by a broad alliance of physicians, health care advocates, educators and others – would raise California’s tobacco tax, which has not increased since 1998 and is currently among the lowest in the country, to $2.87 per pack. The majority of the money from the initiative’s user fee on cigarettes and other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes containing nicotine, will be used for critical state health programs, as well as for cessation and research into cures for cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking and tobacco products.


"Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body, and according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), smoking - worldwide - kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes such as fires caused by smoking, smokeless tobacco use and second-hand smoke," said Rebecca Moellmer, DPM, FACFAS, president of the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA). “The heart of Prop 56 is simple: Taxing tobacco saves lives by getting people to quit or never start smoking. The only people who will pay are those who smoke. If you don’t smoke, you don’t pay. It's as simple as that.”

Yes on 56California taxpayers pay $3.5 billion annually to treat cancer and other tobacco-related diseases through Medi-Cal. A user fee on cigarettes is a matter of fairness – it shifts the fiscal burden to smokers for these medical programs, smoking prevention, and research.

The Prop. 56 tobacco tax will also prevent a new generation of kids from taking up a deadly, addictive habit. Despite years of progress in education and research about the dangers of tobacco, nearly 17,000 California kids get hooked on smoking every year; one-third of them will eventually die from tobacco-related illnesses.

For more information about the tax initiative and the Yes on 56 campaign, visit yeson56.org. Podiatric physicians can add their name to the list of campaign supporters at yeson56.org/take-action.