Date: June 2012

As a cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong realizes the importance of funneling more money into medical research across all spectrums. That is why he served as co-chair of the committee that tried getting the California Cancer Research Act passed. If ratified, the law would've put a $1 tax on all tobacco-related products, which would've been used to help finance medical research on smoking-related illnesses and prevention programs. 

On June 5, 2012, California residents voted on whether or not to pass the act. Unfortunately, CA Proposition 29 was declined after 50.2 percent of the people voted "no." Maybe they weren't ready just yet, but with a close enough margin, you can't help but think that this isn't the last time we've heard of the California Cancer Research Act.