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. Under this grant, the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Utah will recruit other existing coalitions in the state to form a mega-coalition that has strong grassroots membership. A primary goal of the Coalition is to use matching funds to promote a 25-cent-per-pack state excise tax, with earmarked funding for prevention and treatment. The Coalition also will work to expand existing tobacco prevention activities among youth, and increase public awareness of tobacco consequences and associated medical costs through development of a coordinated media campaign.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 $750,000.00

Awarded on: 3/20/1997

Time frame: 4/1/1997 - 3/31/2001

Grant Number: 31382


American Cancer Society, Inc., Utah Division, Inc.

941 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, 84106-2100


David Kubinski
Project Director