Organizations, Programs, and People Involved in Tobacco Control in
ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS
- American Cancer Society (ACS)
- American Heart Association (AHA)
- American Lung Association (ALA)
- Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR): A national nonprofit lobbying organization based
in Berkeley, California, dedicated to protecting nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and
keeping the tobacco industry out of tile public policy-making process. American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) is ANR's educational arm. ANR is the successor to
Californians for Nonsmokers' Rights (CNR).
- California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (CAHHS): An organization that
represents the interests of hospitals and health systems in the California Legislature.
- California Department of Education (CDE): The state agency responsible for school-based
Proposition 99 programs. It reports to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, an
elected position that is independent of the governor. California Medical Association
- Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP): The program established by California to
meet requirements for the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Detection, and Treatment
Program. It was the major program to which Proposition 99's Health Education money was
diverted between 1989 and 1996.
- Coalition for a Healthy California: The coalition of advocates who worked together to
pass Proposition 99 and oppose Proposition 188. Its leadership came from the American Lung
Association and the American Cancer Society.
- Comprehensive Perinatal Outreach (CPO): A California program designed to insure that
pregnant women receive prenatal care. It does not offer services itself but links women to
services that can help them. CPO received money from Proposition 99's Health Education
Account from 1991 through 1996.
- Department of Health Services (DHS): The state agency responsible for all Proposition 99
programs except the school-based ones. It is part of the State Health and Welfare Agency,
and its director is appointed by the governor. The Tobacco Control Section (TCS) was part
- Local Lead Agency (LLA): The umbrella name given to the county and city health
departments charged with implementing Proposition 99 at the local level. There are
sixty-one LLAs, fifty-eight county health departments and three city health departments.
- Tobacco Control Section (TCS): The section of the Department of Health Services (DHS)
that was responsible for administering Proposition 99 programs.
- Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROQ: The committee appointed to
oversee the Proposition 99 Health Education and Research programs. In 1989 it was called
the Tobacco Education Oversight Committee (TEOC) and only oversaw the Health Education
programs. Its mission was broadened in 1994.
- Western Center for Law and Poverty: A Sacramento-based advocacy organization concerned
with health care for the poor.
- Adams, Mary: Lobbyist for the AHA; had been a lobbyist for the ACS (as Mary Dunn) when
Proposition 99 passed.
- Bal, Dileep: Head of the DHS Cancer Control Branch, which includes TCS.
- Belshe, Kimberly: Southern California spokesperson for tobacco industry against
Proposition 99, 1988; Director of DHS, 1993-1998.
- Bowser, Roman: Executive vice president of the AHA.
- Brown, Willie: Speaker of the California Assembly until 1995.
- Carol, Julia: Executive Director of ANR.
- Connelly, Lloyd: Member of the California State Assembly; helped organize Proposition
- Cook, Jennie: ACS volunteer and second chair of TEROC.
- Coye, Molly Joel: Director of DHS, 1991-1993.
- Deukmejian, George: Governor of California, 1983-1991.
- Glantz, Stanton: Early tobacco control advocate; professor of medicine at the University
of California, San Francisco; treasurer and president of ANR, 1980-1986.
- Hanauer, Peter: Early tobacco control advocate; treasurer of the campaigns for
Propositions 5 and 10; first president of ANR; member of the ANR board.
- Hite, Betsy: ACS employee who worked on passage of Proposition 99; later a spokesperson
- Isenberg, Phil: Member of the California State Assembly; carried the first three pieces
of Proposition 99 implementing legislation.
- Kizer, Ken: Director of DHS when Proposition 99 passed.
- Martin, Carolyn: ALA volunteer and first chair of TEOC.
- Mekemson, Curt: Started Proposition 99 while working for ALA Sacramento Emigrant Trails.
- Merksamer, Steve: Former chief of staff to George Deukmejian; his law firm does lobbying
for the tobacco industry.
- Michael, Jay: CMA's chief lobbyist until 1992.
- Miller, John: Aide to Senator Diane Watson; worked on the Proposition 99 implementing
- Najera, Tony: ALA's chief lobbyist; led the lobbying effort on the Proposition 99
- Nethery, W. James: ACS president; chair of Coalition for a Healthy California when
Proposition 99 passed; worked on the first piece of implementing legislation.
- Nicholl, Jack: Campaign manager for the Yes on Proposition 99 and No on Proposition 188
- Nielsen, Vigo: Attorney for the tobacco industry.
- Schilla, Peter: Chief lobbyist for the Western Center for Law and Poverty.
- Smoley, Sandra: Member, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors; later Secretary of the
Health and Welfare Agency under Wilson.
- Thompson, Steve: Aide to Willie Brown; head of the Assembly Office of Research; chief
CMA lobbyist after 1992.
- Wilson, Pete: Governor of California, 1991-1999.