Tobacco Control: Creating a Tobacco-Free Nation

Programs and research aimed at reducing tobacco use across America.

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Tobacco use remains the number-one cause of preventable death in the United States, and combined with secondhand smoke, results in more than 480,000 deaths per year and approximately $225 billion in direct medical costs annually.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has a long history of working with national and local health organizations, faith groups, businesses, government and others to advocate for higher tobacco taxes, strong smoke-free air laws, and well-funded programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. As we continue building on this history, RWJF is working to reach communities nationwide that have not benefited equally from reduced smoking rates.

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Smoke-Free Public Housing Project

This initiative provides training and technical assistance to public housing agencies, resident services staff, and public housing residents impacted by the rule prohibiting smoking in public housing.

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The Tobacco Campaigns

A 20-year retrospective on RWJF’s efforts to tackle one of the most intractable problems in the field of public health—tobacco addiction.

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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

CTFK advocates public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit, and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.


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