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.Statewide coalitions, working in partnership with communities, will be expected to develop and implement comprehensive tobacco prevention and control strategies that combine existing approaches known to be effective. Four essential elements to be included in the statewide strategies are: (1) mobilizing statewide coalitions; (2) public awareness campaign; (3) enhanced prevention and treatment capacity; and (4) tobacco policy development. This grant supports the Coalition for a Healthy and Responsible Georgia (CHARGe) in Action project to promote smoke-free air and reduce tobacco sales to minors, as well as to build broad support for a first-ever state tax on spit tobacco. The project will: (1) build a grassroots advocacy base of 20 new or existing local coalitions and a network of 2,000 advocates; (2) strengthen Georgia's tobacco prevention and control plan; (3) involve 50 youth in CHARGe teams in five regions of the state to actively conduct school- and community-based tobacco use prevention strategies; and (4) make CHARGe a self-sustaining organization with multiple sources of income. Each year, CHARGe will promote different themes including: a grassroots advocacy base, advocacy through an organizational collaborative, a focus on children, and an overview of tobacco.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 $500,000.00

Awarded on: 11/25/1996

Time frame: 12/1/1996 - 11/30/2000

Grant Number: 30066


American Cancer Society, Inc., Georgia Division, Inc.

2200 Lake Boulevard
P.O. Box 190429
Atlanta, 30319-0429


Brenda D. Wright
Project Director