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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

21 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.

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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...

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!!