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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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

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 .


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.