$8 million awarded to keep kids away from tobacco
April 15, 2013
We live in an age where many people from all different backgrounds are interested in doing whatever they can to remain healthy, from eating to exercising. That was not always the case - decades ago, numerous individuals smoked cigarettes because it looked cool and they didn't know the hazardous effects. However, some youths still aren't educated and have begun sneaking cigarettes from a young age.
Luckily, there are a number of nonprofits that aim to keep young people away from tobacco by educating them of the dangers. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded $8 million to Tobacco-Free Kids in an effort to begin a wide-reaching initiative to change policies to keep these youths from smoking and protect them from second-hand smoke.
"I'm confident that this collaboration will prevent more young people from starting to smoke and help create a culture of health in our communities," RWJF president and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey noted.
Moreover, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association will be giving $1 million each to the project to influence state and local tobacco-reduction efforts, donations which will be matched by the RWJF.
The group began advocating against the use of tobacco in the 1990s, an effort that quickly expanded to include things like the Tobacco Policy Research and Evaluation Program and the coalition of SmokeLess States.
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