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Apply for the Truth Initiative Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program

The Truth Initiative Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program is offering grants of up to $20,000 to community colleges and minority-serving institutions to support the adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy. Grantees of the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program receive guidance through webinars, an in-person training and one-on-one consultations throughout the grant period. Since 2015, the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program has protected more than 1.2 million students, faculty and staff by provided funding to 205 colleges, universities and college systems to advocate for and adopt a 100% tobacco-free policy.

Why are tobacco/vape-free college campuses important?

With 98% of smokers starting before age 26, college campuses are critical to preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all. Tobacco/vape-free policies are especially important for institutions that serve populations disproportionately affected by tobacco – including people in low-income communities, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, military members and those with mental illness. Tobacco-free college policies reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, which results in 41,000 adult deaths annually.

The dangers of tobacco use are especially dire now, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named smoking a risk factor for developing severe illness from COVID-19. Additionally, research shows that young people who reported ever using e-cigarettes were up to five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19.

Who can apply?

Eligible minority-serving institutions and community colleges that that do not have a 100% tobacco- and vape-free policy can apply for grants of up to $20,000.

Colleges that have smoke- or tobacco-free policies that do not include e-cigarettes may still apply. To combat the vaping epidemic, Truth Initiative is offering grants of up to $10,000 to minority-serving institutions and community colleges to strengthen their 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies by adding e-cigarettes.

How to apply for a tobacco free or vape free college grant

For full details about the program and how to apply, read the updated grant guidelines and application instructions.

Watch an informational webinar to learn more about the Tobacco/Vape-Free College Grant Program.


Deadline to apply: Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 5:00 p.m ET