Advancing local smoke-free laws in South Carolina by emphasizing the importance of local control and exposing the threat of preemption

The Foundation's initiative, Tobacco Policy Change: A Collaborative for Healthier Communities and States, was designed to provide resources and technical assistance for community, regional, and national organizations and tribal groups interested in advocating for effective tobacco prevention and cessation policy initiatives.The Tobacco Policy Change Special Solicitation builds on previous success in attracting new and diverse partners whose constituencies are most directly affected by tobacco use and exposure. Grantees are expected to apply their advocacy skills and experience to advance tobacco policy and other public health policies in their communities. The South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network, in partnership with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, will improve and protect air quality by: (1) requiring existing ports to adopt cleaner technologies and practices; (2) challenging the proposed North Charleston port based on its health impacts, traffic congestion, and environmental and fiscal irresponsibility; (3) requiring that this port employ clean technologies and practices to reduce air pollution; and (4) requiring that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control identify air pollution "hot spots" impacting communities around the state; conduct air monitoring; publish findings and require cleanup. The coalition will continue to advance local tobacco control smokefree laws with the goal of ultimately passing a statewide smokefree law.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 6/18/2008

Time frame: 7/1/2008 - 12/31/2009

Grant Number: 64505


South Carolina African American Tobacco Control Network

230 Scalybark Road
Summerville, 29485-6030


Dan Carrigan
Project Director