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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 colleges and universities 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 provided funding to more than 200 colleges, universities and college systems to advocate for and adopt a 100% tobacco-free policy.

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Why are tobacco/vape-free college campuses important?

With 99% 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. Beyond the long-established negative health effects of smoking, scientific evidence shows that nicotine in any form can worsen anxiety symptoms and amplify feelings of depression – as mental health becomes a more critical issue on college campuses.

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?

Colleges and universities that do not have a 100% tobacco- and vape-free policy can apply for grants of up to $20,000.

Colleges and universities 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 higher education institutions 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 grant guidelines and application instructions.

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

 

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET