In 2007, LIVESTRONG campaigned for the largest state-level initiative for cancer research and prevention in history ? Proposition 15 ? a 10-year, $3 billion investment that Texas voters overwhelmingly supported. The passage of this legislation and subsequent ballot initiative led to the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), which to date has awarded nearly $600 million in cancer prevention, research and commercialization grants.
This week CPRIT announced a new tobacco-free policy for all current and future CPRIT grantees. This policy requires grant recipients to certify that they have established a tobacco-free campus or facility by August 31st.
LIVESTRONG applauds CPRIT for walking the talk and taking aim at reducing the 25,000 tobacco-related deaths each year in Texas.