SmokeLess States Program - Implementation

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 Medical Society of New Jersey to provide leadership for this project on behalf of the statewide "New Jersey Breathes" Coalition. The project will primarily use Foundation funds to: (1) staff and expand the efforts of the statewide coalition; (2) launch a public education effort which will include radio advertising focusing on youth access to tobacco issues; (3) help support a tobacco control policy and legal resource center; and (4) enhance prevention and treatment capacity through school based education, reimbursement for smoking cessation and community action grants. Matching support from The Kligerman Foundation and pro-bono will support the legal aspects of the resource center. The project will complement a planned effort to raise the cigarette tax by 25 cents. The revenues generated by the increased tobacco tax would be directed to fund increased tobacco prevention and treatment capacity as well as to balance anticipated state general fund deficits.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 $899,600.00

Awarded on: 7/28/1994

Time frame: 8/1/1994 - 9/30/1998

Grant Number: 24461


Medical Society of New Jersey

2 Princess Road
Lawrenceville, 08648-2302

Lawrence Downs
Project Director