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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 minority-serving institutions, community colleges and women’s colleges to support the adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free policy. Since 2015, Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 183 colleges and universities.

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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. The recent surge in youth e-cigarette use — 27.5% of high school students are now vaping — has made it even more important for schools to adopt policies and ensure those policies include e-cigarette use. Vaping is driving an overall increase in youth tobacco use to almost a third of high schoolers — 31.2% — a rate unseen in nearly two decades. 

Support for 100% tobacco-free policies on college campuses has skyrocketed in recent years. The number of college and universities with 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policies tripled, from 446 campuses in 2010 to 2,487 campuses in 2020.

Who can apply?

The Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program is open to minority-serving institutions of higher education, public community colleges and women’s colleges in the U.S. that do not have a 100% tobacco- and vape-free policy.

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, community colleges and women’s 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.

Prospective applicants can also watch an informational webinar for more details.


Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 26, at 5 p.m ET