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 purpose of this project is for the Nebraska Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative, led by Health Education Inc., to supplement existing tobacco control activities in Nebraska now limited to the 15 most populous counties. Foundation funds will be used to extend those activities to the next 10 most populous counties in the state. The capacity building efforts will use education, enforcement activities, treatment, and policy development on both the local and state level supporting strong tobacco control. Education efforts will target: (1) sixth graders; (2) enforcement training and awareness for parents, business leaders, and other adult community members; (3) medical and dental professionals; and (4) the general public. Enforcement efforts will concentrate on parents, business leaders, law enforcement personnel and community leaders. Treatment will focus on increasing capacity for the population served by the Women, Infants, and Children Program. Special tobacco awareness activities will be directed toward Native American reservations and African-Americans through Black churches. Policy development will concentrate on school policies and local ordinances on the community/county level. The long-range goal of all these activities is to help shape the attitudes of the state policymakers.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 $199,200.00

Awarded on: 7/28/1994

Time frame: 8/1/1994 - 9/30/1996

Grant Number: 24449


Health Education Inc.

P.O. Box 6022
Lincoln, 68503-6022

Cindy M. Wostrel
Project Director