Advocacy for smoke-free public accommodations is an issue that has received little attention from private and public funding sources despite the fact that for almost 30 years the tobacco industry has recognized it as one of the most important issues it faces. Despite concerted attempts by the tobacco industry to halt advocacy efforts over the years, the number of smoke-free public places in the U.S. has significantly risen. However, we have a long way to go--only 94 communities in the U.S. protect nonsmokers from environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The aim of smoke-free accommodations is to protect nonsmokers from the harm of ETS, however smoke-free places can also contribute to overall public health by reducing consumption and increasing cessation by shifting social norms to make smoking in public unacceptable. This grant supports a national advocacy institute focused on clean indoor air issues that will work to increase public awareness of the hazards of ETS and expand the capacity and reach of smoke-free policy and advocacy nationwide. The purpose of this project is the creation of a cadre of ETS advocates skilled in addressing ETS issues on national, state, and local levels, who will educate policy makers, business owners, and the hospitality industry on the benefits of smoke-free restrictions and counter tobacco industry tactics.
Amount Awarded $971,114.00
Awarded on: 7/26/2001
Time frame: 8/1/2001 - 12/31/2004
Grant Number: 41042