Scope and Content of Collection
Title: American Lung Association of California Government Relations Office Records,
Date (inclusive): 1985-1996
Collection number: MSS 98-69
American Lung Association of California, Government Relations
5 linear ft.
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
Collection is open for research.
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.
American Lung Association of California Government Relations Office Records, MSS 98-69, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF
Library & CKM
The American Lung Association of California donated the records to the library in 1998.
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.
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
Senate Concurrent Resolution
Assembly Concurrent Resolution
Senate Joint Resolution
Assembly Constitutional Amendment