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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Health, Primary & Elementary Schools, Public Health, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best charity we've found; I've researched several in the anti-tobacco area. Their work educating kids not to start tobacco is excellent and effective. The live assembly programs they perform in schools are impactful, and even have attracted local media. Their much acclaimed educational video, The Truth About Tobacco, is now in over 11,000 schools. When I searched 'anti-smoking' on Google and other major search engines, they came up number one, so they must be reaching thousands of people every day in the US and around the world. I think this group is truly worthy of support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was in Las Vegas on business last week with my family. As a Californian, I forgot so many Americans smoked and how beyond the self destructive aspect of imbibing cyanide laced smoke is, how selfish it is for adults to smoke in the presence of children and elderly. I was even further disgusted watching people throw the butts in to the streets, which in turn poisons our waterways. This foundation is a necessary organization fighting a major health crisis. Maybe this addiction is a mental illness.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I AM A PHYSICIAN AND TRAINED SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST. THIS FOUNDATION FAR EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS OF ANTI-SMOKING ORGANIZATIONS. THEY CONCENTRATE ON EARLY EDUCATION AND HIGHSCHOOL PROGRAMS. CHEERS TO THEM !!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is vital that we push toward a smoke free America. Underage kids are still obtaining cigarettes and becoming smokers. This adds to health care costs, disease and missed days at work and school. Many restaurants are smoke free and the work place has largely become smoke free. But we really need to crack down on businesses that sell tobacco products to children and also issue misdemeanors to adults who purchase these products on their behalf. I don't think it is right for sports franchises to promote smoking with sponsorships, billboards, etc. This organization goes the extra mile to speak to schools to talk about the dangers of smoking. When I was in grammar school, a talk was given about smoking and that day I decided not to become a smoker. The Foundation for a Smokefree America is vitally important in keeping kids and others away from nicotine addiction and the dangerous effects of the additives in cigarettes.

2 Louis Alexander J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group is doing fantastic work and making a huge difference in the ongoing battle against tobacco. It's time to put a stop to tobacco, the healths costs have escalated. Enough is enough.

1 John212

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Patrick Reynolds for more than 25 years. I am a UCLA trained Surgical Oncologist and Reconstructive Surgeon. In addition,I have worked previously for many years as a scientist in the field of cancer immunology. A few years ago I lost my mom to lung cancer and I remain devastated. Patrick Reynolds and The Foundation For a Smoke Free America will save thousands more lives than I could ever hope to as a physician fighting against disease. Please give them your full support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When Patrick first started Foundation for a Smokefree America, I was so impressed that someone whose family had made its living in the tobacco industry had the courage to stand up against the Goliath. I have watched my own family members addicted to the ingredients in cigarettes and have watched them and loved ones die horribly painful deaths due to smoking. Cigarettes are addictive. Period. And our youth must have education in the form of speakers like Patrick to share information and reinforce to them how vitally important it is to not bend to peer pressure. Cigarettes are still sold to minors, despite laws and warning labels. Tobacco companies must be held accountable for proper disclosure of ingredients and the deleterious and damning effects they have on the body. The Foundation for a Smokefree America is taking back the lives of children, one by one, each time Mr. Reynolds gives a speech. Thank God for him and his mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Smoke-free America is an organization devoted to educating the public about smoking. The principal, Patrick Reynolds, gives an effective presentation to groups that allow them to see what the tobacco industry is in perspective.

As a physician, I welcome the efforts of this organization and educating the public. This is another very useful tool.