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California's Ethnic Leaders Actively Support Proposition 86.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Citing concern over the high prevalence of smoking among their constituents, California's leading ethnic organizations are actively supporting Proposition 86 and disputing distortions being made by tobacco company-funded groups about the impacts of cigarette taxes on ethnic and lower income communities.

"The argument that this will hurt low income and minority communities should be seen for what it really is; a smokescreen designed to keep smoking levels up and protect the cigarette companies' profits," said Denise Adams-Simms, M.P.H., executive director of the California Black Health Network, Inc. "African-Americans continue to have one of the highest smoking prevalence rates of any ethnic group. Moreover, smoking-related illnesses are the primary cause of death in the African-American community. The general consensus is that for every 10-cent increase in the price of cigarettes, smoking decreases by three to five percent. In the African-American and low-income population, the decrease is even greater."

"Groups that are funded by tobacco companies that take a position in the opposite interest of their constituencies do a serious disservice to their communities and to the public health," said Dr. Mark Alexander, chair of the African American Task Force for the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate.

That's why dozens of California's ethnic community leaders are actively engaging their members to support Proposition 86, including the following (partial list):

* United Farm Workers

* California Latino Legislative Caucus

* National African American Tobacco Education Network

* AltaMed Health Services Corporation

* Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo, Inc.

* Clinica MonseEor Oscar A. Romero

* El Concilio del Coronado de Ventura

* El Proyecto Del Barrio

* La Clinica de La Raza

* Salud Para La Gente Inc.

* Watts Healthcare Corporation

* Asian Business Association, San Diego

* Intercultural Cancer Council

* Intercultural Cancer Council Caucus

* 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc

* Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center - Orange County

* Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

* Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

* Asian Health Services

* Asian Pacific American Legal Center

* Asian Pacific Partners For Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership (APPEAL)

* Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

* California Black Health Network

* California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

* CAPITAL (Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy & Leadership)

* Filipinos for Affirmative Action

* La Raza Network, Inc.

* Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

* Latino Issues Forum

* League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

* Los Angeles Urban League

* MAAP, Inc (formerly the Mexican American Alcoholism Program)

* National Latino Congreso

* National Latino Council on Alcohol & Tobacco Prevention

* NICOS Chinese Health Coalition

* Orange County Korean American Health Information and Education Center

* Orange County Korean U.S. Citizen League

* PowerPAC.org

* San Fernando Valley Mexican American Political Association

* Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation - Orange County

* Vietnamese REACH for Health Initiative Coalition

* Urban Latino African American Cancer (ULAAC) Disparities Project
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