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Review for Foundation For a Smokefree America, Playa del Rey, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have looked into groups against smoking, and we can say with some authority the Foundation for a Smokefree America is one of the best groups in the US fighting tobacco. Their programs keep youth from getting addicted, and empower thousands of smokers to quit successfully. They have a tremendous web presence thanks in part to a major in-kind grant of $40,000 per month in free advertising on Google.

Because of this they have a great platform to educate the public about numerous tobacco issues; they are best known for their national campaign for teen smoking prevention. Every major search engine ranks Smokefree America among its top three results for "anti-smoking", "anti-tobacco" and related search phrases.

Executive Director Patrick Reynolds apprears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and other networks, whenever tobacco stories are on the wires. We found a url at the group's site with his news coverage -- Mr. Reynolds is a frequent speaker to community groups, universities and middle and high schools in the US; they are now focusing on a new international campaign.

This group also offers an acclaimed educational video, "The Truth About Tobacco, 2011 Edition," now in over 10,000 schools, health departments and libraries. We watched some clips from it at

The org is a tax-exempt, public 501c3 foundation, and my husband and I will continue to give all we can to support their programs and mission. We know this group, and they are really making a difference in this fight.

We are hoping to spearhead Smokefree America's endowment and capital campaign, and we hope you will join us.

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

I saw Patrick Reynolds speak at a university near here a few years ago, and his talk motivated me to become more involved in this fight. My mother died from smoking when I was 25, and I have always cared about the problem of tobacco use.

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

I'd like this group to devote greater resources to their capital campaign to raise an endowment. This will empower them to focus on this good work in the decades to come.

Role:  Donor & Preventing kids from starting to smoke or dip makes a lot of sense to me, and the group's new international plan for a world awareness tour will put their efforts squarely where they are most needed -- in poor nations with high rates of smoking, where the.