Faith United: Disparate Faith Groups Come Together Against Big Tobacco

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Dates of Support: January 1996 to September 2007; the Campaign continues.

Field of Work: Reducing the use of tobacco among youth.

Synopsis of the Work: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids was a national program that promoted policy and environmental changes to prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among children, as well as changes that will minimize the harm caused by tobacco. Other funders include the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Story Told: In 2005, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and leaders from many different religious denominations launched a national campaign—Faith United Against Tobacco—to mobilize the faith community across the country to support proven solutions to reduce smoking. This sidebar describes that effort and subsequent advocacy efforts, including tobacco-control letter-writing and coalition-building.