Cancer awareness legislation and license plate proposed

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawmakers and the American Cancer Society came together Wednesday morning to remind Utah that the fight against cancer never sleeps.

"This is something I think we can beat, but what we need is funding and awareness," said House Majority Whip Rep. Brad Dee, R-Washington Terrace.

One way to do both lies in a bill sponsored by Dee.

He's sponsoring breast cancer awareness legislation that would create a new license plate. The proceeds from sales would go to cancer research.

Advocates also called on the Legislature to increase the tax on tobacco products in an effort to reduce the number of smokers and reduce health care costs.

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