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Foundation For a Smokefree America

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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

38 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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

great cause that is important for all our future and good health!

1

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Foundation for a Smokefree America has an impact worldwide, which is important for our country as well as others around the world.
Patrick Reynolds is intelligent, charismatic, and an excellent speaker who can easily reach people of all ages with his message. Smokefree America Foundation is a very worthwhile organization, which has made an impact on all generations thanks to the efforts of Patrick Reynolds.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Foundation for a Smokefree America is an extremely worthwhile organization which educates teens and adults about the dangers of smoking and offers help and advice to those who wisely decide to quit. I personally think it is most deserving of being recognized for the good work it does.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started smoking at 14yrs. Quit when I was 45. Smokefree was a guiding light to learn from and follow. Thanks so much!

1

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've done some diligence to find the nation's top, most worthy anti-smoking organization to support, and I've found them. This group help thousands of smokers quit with their free quitting tips; it also reaches over 15,000 youth in school each month with a very powerful tobacco prevention message.



One of those they touched was my son, who learned from the Foundation's website that the cigarette industry knowingly targeted teens in past advertising, and in 2013 is switching over to e-Cigarettes, using similar ad campaigns to get new customers addicted to the nicotine they add to them. None of this was lost on my boy, who I'm proud to say has remained a non-smoker. I thank the Foundation in part for that.



It's also noteworthy that Smokefree America's educational videos are now in over 10,000 middle and high schools, and their videos and live speakers educate our young about smoking in movies, chewing tobacco, tobacco advertising and plenty more.



I've chosen this group as the largest recipient of my own charitable giving this year. I sincerely hope others will join me in supporting this worthy group.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge admirer of Foundation for a Smokefree America - it has inspired me to pursue this cause where I live.
Maggie Abbott
Cathedral City, CA

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is my favorite anti-smoking group of all. I was able to dedicate a donation I made at their website to the memory of my best friend's husband, who passed away because of smoking -- and they let my friend know I made a gift in his memory in a nice letter.

This non-profit has also long been active educating the public about smoking bans, FDA regulation of tobacco, the health benefits of tobacco tax hikes and other tobacco policy. Their acclaimed educational video, The Truth About Tobacco, is now in over 10,000 middle and high schools, and their quitting tips helped another good friend of mine to stop smoking. I have great praise for The Foundation for a Smokefree America. This is where my donations are going to go every year, and I hope the reader will join me in giving, too.

Thank you!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Few groups are as committed to the health of our youth as The Foundation For a Smokefree America. If only they were available to talk to every child in school before they make the life altering decision to try smoking!

1 Leslie48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non-profit. Smoking is so detrimental to one's health. I hope we can continue to raise awareness to the next generation and with this non-profit we can and will!!!

1 Patty30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great organization..great delivery of message and information regarding the toxic and dangerous health effects of smoking.

1 Suzie W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Foundation for a Smoke Free America does incredible work! The talks given at the high schools and colleges enlighten the future generations to make sure they realize what smoking can do to you!
Bravo, bravo to all involved!

1 Kevin75

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Pamela56

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was addicted to smoking . Tried to kick the habit for many years. I knew it was bad but i was addicted. With the support of this foundation, i am Very Proud to say i am now a Non Smoker. My health is improving daily. This groupis wonderful & effective, i am very grateful .

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best stories in the non-profit world! Patrick takes his work seriously and he's helping us build a healthier America.

Linda237

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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.

1 Frank29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Patrick
I just happenned to find out about your Foundation being under review here for great non profits.
Since your visit to our schools there has been a long lasting impact not only with the children but with parents who happened to be in attendance. You were the impetus not only for the children to stand strong against smoking and drugs but you were the impetus for some to make the final decision to quit, including a few parents. Years later, parents or students , would come up to me at our high school football games and remark about how you had helped them stand strong.
Let me take this opportunity to again thank you. Your impact is inspiring and admirable.

It is really time to schedule another visit and I will recommend it again.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lost far too many friends and loved ones to smoking related lung cancer. Preventing people from starting a habit is always better than having to help them break one, and this nonprofit tirelessly does both. We need more people, and groups, like this one in the world!

1

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It really helped my son see the dangers of smoking and I think he probably won't start after hearing Patrick speak.

Donor

Rating: 5

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 -- www.Anti-smoking.org/news/ 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 www.tobaccofree.org/clips/

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended the presentation that Patrick did for students at Granbury High School in Granbury, Texas.
This was a very impressive presentation and had the attention of all students.
What I remember the most was the participation of the students.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have kids and they need to hear this message. the videos are hip and powerful. they do not talk down to kids...

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a member of the public but know of this organization due to related non-profit/NGO activities. I highly respect the work it has done over the years in seveal countries at the highest level (with governments) and at grass roots level (with schools). It is of worthy note that its founder, Mr Patrick Reynolds is from the same family as the Tobacco conglomerate. I recommend you read his story of why, many years ago, he disposed of substantial stock and opened this very worthy cause.

Andronicos

2 Kent P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If we could identify a murderer who killed for profit, who also crept into homes where the poorest families lived and stole money, who got paid and became very rich for hurting and killing millions of people, we would surely do something about that murderer, wouldn't we?

The truth is, our government knows all about this murderer and, because of money the murderer gives politicians, our government largely ignores the mayhem caused by this particular murderer.

That murderer is cigarettes.

The Foundation for a Smokefree America takes a stand for my right to enjoy freedom from other people's cigarette smoke in places where I wish to enjoy the simple act of breathing, and for that I thank Patrick Reynolds and his group for doing a great job. They have raised awareness, educated children, and even helped get legislation passed to fight the scourge of tobacco addiction and the taking of innocent victims through second-hand smoke.

This is a nonprofit that truly makes a difference.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went home on August 28, 2011 for a family reunion, and to visit my 80 year old invalid mother. My mother has been suffering from the effects of two strokes. She is so disabled and needs assistance for all of her needs. She is a very strong and proud woman, and feeds herself when she is home with family members, but often drops food to her tray. She will not eat in public. My mother is so fortune that she has a woman that is exactly my age, and who is the caregiver for my mother during the day, while my sister works out of her house. The caregiver is a real angel. My mother loves her and she loves my mother. The problem, I noticed that my mother has an awful cough. I could not figure out why at first, because she is kept in a warm room and is well care for. Before long, I noticed that my sister and her husband chains smoke constantly in the house. My mother has been enduring the awful second hand smoke for 7 years. Thanks to Patrick Reynolds nonprofit at www.Anti-smoking.org, I was able to send information to my sister about how terrible smoking was for herself, and her my invalid mother. My mother is held hostage to the horrible effects of smoke at a time when she needs the most healthy of environments.
I am stunned that someone born after 1960 or even before, do not
believe that smoking causes terrible diseases, ages you, shortens your life (and the life of those subjected to your smoke via 2nd hand), and kills the smoker and the person exposed.

I am ashame of my sister for being so weak and uncaring about the effects of tobacco smoke on small children and the elderly especially. Before I found out about her addiction to cigarettes, I was proud of the way she helped care for our mother.


Thank you Mr. Reynolds for your untiring effort to educate the public about the harmful effects of tobacco.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Patrick Reynolds for over 20 years and in my experience, he has been the strongest, most vocal and, because of his background, credible advocate there is for a tobacco-free America. Patrick is also an extremely informed and articulate speaker which when combined with his passion for the cause, makes him almost uniquely well-suited for his position, which his track record of past accomplishments certainly affirms.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Patrick since "1993" thru mutual friends and the thing that I always admired about Patrick is his Integrity about the role and responsibilty of the Tobacco Industry in promoting their product to minors. For a guy who was a Jetset teen and young adult, it took a great amount of character & courage to sacrifice the things (money) that are associated with being an heir of a wealthy organization (i.e. keeping your mouth shut) you have issue with.

When I think about all the people i know who either smoke or have smoked, all have always admitted of the known harm they subjected themselves too.

Patrick has made a huge difference in sharing his knowledge of the Tobacco Industries message, and taking a stand to inform young people and older alike what they are exposing themselves too.

I have always appauded him for who he is!!!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the mid 1980's more than one in four Californians smoked cigarettes. Today in 2011 it is dropped to one in ten. The Foundation for a Smoke Free America helped spearhead this effort, increasing productivity in the workplace while helping to keep a tab on runaway health insurance costs - saving billions. What is even more attractive is the increasingly "global face" this organization is projecting into areas like the European Union and the Middle East where 29%+ of people still smoke cigarettes. It's all about education, and in this organization's case, giving it the expanded capacity to act on a more global scale.

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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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization's work affects not only the future, in preventing kids from starting to smoke, but also the present in helping people quit the cigarette habit. The Foundation for a Smokefree America doesn't just help the teens in this country, but it also has an impact worldwide, which is important as our country becomes more globally oriented.

I have donated to this organization in the past and wholeheartedly believe in their effective programs and how they allocate their donations to provide the most impact for the money.

Patrick Reynolds is a charismatic and engaging speaker that can easily reach kids of all ages with his healthy message.