FOUNDATION FOR A SMOKEFREE AMERICA

Rating: 4.97 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Health

Location: 8117 W Manchester Ave Suite 500 Playa del Rey CA 90293 USA

Mission: Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death and disease. It causes over 390,000 US deaths each year. 90% of all smokers became addicted before reaching age 19. Chances are that most Americans have lost a close family member or friends because of tobacco. The initiation of smoking by young people, and the persistent conflict of interest between the health of Americans and the interests of the tobacco industry, are well-documented problems. The Foundation for a Smokefree America''s mission is to motivate youth to stay tobaccofree, and to empower smokers to quit successfully.
 The goals of the Foundation are to establish in-house programs to fight tobacco use at the local, regional and national levels, to prevent youth smoking through our websites and school-based educational programs, and to help empower those suffering from tobacco addiction to quit successfully, through our websites and other educational venues, and to enact peer teaching programs, empowering youth to defend themselves against the onslaught of tobacco advertising and peer pressure.

Target demographics: children and teens vulnerable to starting tobacco use and smokers searching for free quitting tips
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300,000 people, mostly in the US but internationally as well, to learn more about smoking and tobacco issues.
Geographic areas served: the United States and internationally
Programs: Thanks in part to a major gift from Patricia Henley of $100,000 grant, we were able to make a very significant increase in time and resources devoted to our programs and outreach. As a direct result, website traffic doubled to Smokefree America's homepage. Our outreach programs included the following unprecedented results on the Internet: Google provided us with an in-kind grant of $10,000 per month in free advertising. Due to the large traffic increase generated as a result, especially by the search terms 'quit smoking' and 'stop smoking,' Google has renewed their grant annually since it was first awarded in 2005.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Great Organization!!! They have helped many people and I'm sure they will continue the good work.

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Smoking is probably the most toxic polluter on the planet next to nuclear radiation. And, Foundation For A Smokefree America is spreading the word. Also, I've never met anyone who's had cancer or died from cancer who didn't smoke.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost both parents to lung cancer as they were heavy smokers most of their lives. Patrick Reynolds has done so much to educate young people before they really get hooked. My parents were addicted early on, soldiers were given cigarettes during WWII. Mr Reynolds has worked tirelessly appearing at schools and hospitals telling his story. His family profited from the sale of tobacco and his own father fell victim to tobacco, the fortune he created was of no use to him at that point. We have banned cigarettes from most public places and the prices are extraordinarily high yet many young people continue to smoke. Patrick Reynolds has made it his mission to warn them of the dangers before they start, as heroin is to a drug addict, cigarettes are to the smoker.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Appear on talk shows etc. to reach more people at one time. Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert reach a broad young audience and it would be of great benefit to have access to so many.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Being from the preeminent tobacco family in the world, Patrick Reynolds could have chosen to inherit a family fortune and keep quiet about the dangers of tobacco use. But he did not do this. Fueled by an unshakeable integrity Mr. Reynolds reaches out to our next generation and shares his personal story of losing his father and brother to death as a result of cigarette smoking.

Imagine a member of the KROC family (McDonald's) speaking out against the horribly ill effects of fast food on the body or a Rockefeller (Standard Oil, Exxon Mobile, Chevron) crusading to get us off fossil fuels. This kind of public honesty is lacking in our world today.

I have heard Mr. Reynold's speak. I have met this man. I truly believe that with the proper financial support of good people like us that we can get him in front of as many of our youth as possible. Imagine a young boy or girl sitting in an auditorium and experiencing this man's story. Patrick Reynolds and the Foundation for a Smokefree America will make the kind of impact that can shift a generation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the impact of Mr. Reynold's story when people hear it for the first time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Free up Mr. Reynold's from the daily task of fundraising so he can speak to as many people as possible.

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