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Guide to the American Lung Association of California Government Relations Office Records, 1985-1996
MSS 98-69  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Acronyms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Lung Association of California Government Relations Office Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1996
    Collection number: MSS 98-69
    Creator: American Lung Association of California, Government Relations
    Extent: 4 cartons

    5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
    San Francisco, California 94143-0840
    Abstract: This collection documents the activities of the American Lung Association of California's Government Relations Office, 1985-1996.
    Physical location: Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    American Lung Association of California Government Relations Office Records, MSS 98-69, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

    Acquisition Information

    The American Lung Association of California donated the records to the library in 1998.

    Organizational History

    Founded in 1904, the American Lung Association (ALA) of California is a state division of the national organization. ALA fights lung disease through education, community service, advocacy and research. They have assumed a leading role in the fight against tobacco, helping smokers to quit, encouraging children not to start smoking, and protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. The organization actively presses for improved government standards for air quality and funds research grants, enabling medical scientists around the country to seek the causes of lung disease and develop more effective treatments and cures.
    The Government Relations Office of ALA of California is the lobbying arm of the state organization. It aggressively campaigns for stronger anti-tobacco legislation and attempts to defeat measures backed by the tobacco industry.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the activities of the American Lung Association of California's Government Relations Office. The largest series deals with Proposition 99, California's landmark legislation implementing cigarette taxes, the revenues from which were to be used for tobacco education and research. This series follows Proposition 99 for its first eight years, documenting the struggles over proper funding of mandated programs and the inroads these programs made against smoking in California.
    The materials relating to Proposition 188 make an excellent case study of a political fight over public health. Philip Morris was the main sponsor of the ballot measure, which was advertised as a strong anti-smoking law, when it actually would have preempted more restrictive local ordinances. The American Lung Association joined with other groups to lead a strong grass-roots effort that eventually defeated the bill, despite massive spending by the tobacco industry. Proposition 188 materials include strategy documents, campaign materials, pro-188 mailings, polls, and the Yes on 188 campaign disclosure statement.
    Other records in this collection relate to California tobacco legislation, including cigarette taxes, anti-smoking laws, and tobacco advertising. Also included is information about non-legislative anti-tobacco programs, as well as studies relating to tobacco use and the tobacco industry.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    American Lung Association
    Tobacco--Taxation--Law and legislation--California
    Health education--Law and legislation--California
    California--Law and legislation--Proposition 99
    California--Law and legislation--Proposition 188
    Smoking--prevention & control
    Tobacco Smoke Pollution



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