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 Vermont Department of Health to serve as the lead agency for this effort of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Vermont. Foundation funds will be used to: (1) establish a Youth Tobacco Use Prevention Program focusing on youth access and prevention issues; and (2) develop, implement, and evaluate an effective strategy to reduce youth initiation of tobacco using media advocacy, community action, policy changes and education. Vermont plans to increase the cigarette excise tax from 20 cents to $1 per pack. The revenues generated by the increased tobacco tax will support enhanced prevention programs and state health reform efforts.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 $400,000.00

Awarded on: 7/28/1994

Time frame: 8/1/1994 - 7/31/1998

Grant Number: 24462


State of Vermont Department of Health

108 Cherry Street
P. O. Box 70
Burlington, 05402-0070


Marge Hamrell
Project Director