SmokeLess States Program - Capacity Building

The Foundation's SmokeLess States: National Tobacco Policy Initiative is a program that supports development and implementation of comprehensive statewide strategies to reduce tobacco use through education, treatment, and policy initiatives.The American Cancer Society, Alabama Division, is the lead organization for this Tobacco-Free Alabama: capacity building project. The goals of the program are to: (1) expand the Smoke-Free Class of 2000 prevention information and activities to include grades 4 through 8; (2) increase access to smoking cessation programs through physician private office practices; (3) expand educational opportunities and smoking cessation counseling for pregnant women; (4) aid in developing practical methods of enforcing state laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors; and (5) expanding cessation services in the workplace. Foundation funds will be used to develop critical Coalition support needed within minority and business communities and consolidating grassroots efforts. Emphasis would also be placed on a public media campaign and innovative events to reach key audiences. The Alabama Coalition expects that through these efforts it would create a climate favorable for passage of strong Clean Air and Youth Access to Tobacco bills and improve the prospects for the eventual passage of an increased excise tax.This award was made with the understanding that no Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds would be used for lobbying of any kind.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 7/28/1994

Time frame: 8/1/1994 - 7/31/1997

Grant Number: 24445


American Cancer Society, Inc., Mid-South Division, Inc.

1100 Ireland Way, Suite 300
Birmingham, 35205-7014


Sharon Gough
Project Director