Guest Blogger: Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director, Southern California
On Wednesday, August 26th over 30 American Heart Association volunteers attended Save Lives California Lobby Day to support key tobacco prevention bills that have been proposed in the Governor’s Special Session on Health.
Advocates began the day with a briefing on the issues and then descended to the Capitol to convene for a press conference. At the press conference, Senator Richard Pan MD enthusiastically announced the introduction of a $2 tobacco tax in special session which will fund tobacco prevention, Medi-Cal, cessation and other health resources. Advocates also heard from Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Mark Stone about expanding the state’s Smoke-Free Workplace Laws and classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
Following the press conference, our AHA advocates met face-to-face with key lawmakers who would be voting on the bills this week. This truly was an inspiring day for our Advocates!
Don’t forget to stay tuned on Save Lives California by visiting: www.savelivesca.com