National Organizations

American Cancer Society (ACS)
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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American Heart Association (AHA)
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. AHA encourages Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles, and advocates for health issues and research funding to support its mission.

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American Legacy Foundation (Legacy)
The American Legacy Foundation, popularly known as “Legacy,” is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Legacy’s programs work to engage all Americans in the dialogue about tobacco and to foster an understanding about its harmful effects. Legacy sponsors truth, a national youth prevention campaign and EX, an innovative cessation campaign.

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American Lung Association (ALA)
The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization that fights lung disease, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. ALA offers a variety of smoking control and prevention programs targeted to specific groups, including adults, schools, community leaders, parents and educators. ALA also uses advocacy and communications programs to inform policymakers and the public about the impact and prevention of lung disease.

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American Public Health Association (APHA)
The American Public Health Association is a member-based organization that brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers and other health workers in a multidisciplinary environment of professional exchange, study and action. APHA deals with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health. The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) section works to promote public health policy approaches to prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems at all levels.

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Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) /American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF)
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is a national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, confronting the tobacco industry at all levels of government to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and youth from tobacco addiction. ANR’s sister organization, the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) is a non-lobbying, educational nonprofit organization. ANRF provides comprehensive programs and educational resources for schools, health departments, medical organizations, and others interested in the issues surrounding smoking and secondhand smoke.

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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is a national nonprofit organization representing all state and territorial public health agencies. ASTHO members are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice. The ASTHO Tobacco Project serves as a resource to state health agencies, national and federal partners, and others on perspectives, capacities, challenges and opportunities to implement state-based tobacco prevention initiatives and provides national leadership in aligning tobacco control with other chronic disease prevention issues.

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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK)
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is fighting to free America's youth from tobacco and to create a healthier environment. Its goals are to alter the public's acceptance of tobacco, change public policies at federal, state and local levels to protect children from tobacco, and increase the number of organizations and individuals fighting against tobacco. The TFK website offers fact sheets and guides on important tobacco control issues.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. The OSH website provides federal reports, tobacco use surveillance data, and topic-specific information for tobacco control programs.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency’s mission is to protect human health and the environment. EPA provides leadership in the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The Agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts. One such program is the agency’s Smoke Free Homes and Cars Program.

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration's mission is to promote and protect public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way and by monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provides fact sheets, regulatory guidance, and consumer education materials for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) oversees the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)
The National Association of Attorneys General fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government. The NAAG Tobacco Project assists the states with the coordination of implementation and enforcement of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and other legal and law enforcement issues related to tobacco. Resources for MSA documents and current legislation related to tobacco are provided on this website.

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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is a nonprofit membership organization serving local health departments nationwide — in cities, counties, townships and districts. The NACCHO Tobacco Prevention and Control Project aims to strengthen local health departments' capacity to engage in tobacco use prevention and control and increase the integration of national, state and local tobacco control efforts.

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National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)
The National Association of Local Boards of Health represents the interests of local boards of health and assists them in assuring the health of their communities. NALBOH has also established a significant voice for local boards of health on matters of national public health policy. The NALBOH Tobacco Use Prevention and Control website has links to resources on advocacy and best practices, conferences and trainings, funding opportunities, and success stories about tobacco control at the local level.

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs related to cancer treatment and prevention. NCI’s Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) seeks to reduce cancer incidence and mortality caused by tobacco use through a comprehensive research program. To do this, TCRB provides recommendations to the scientific and public health communities by synthesizing and disseminating research findings, and providing information on funding opportunities and key initiatives.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. NIDA works to strategically support, conduct, and disseminate research in order to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

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Partnership for Prevention
Partnership for Prevention is a membership organization of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies advancing policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans. Partnership seeks to increase investment in preventing disease and promoting health and to make prevention a national priority.

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The Praxis Project
The Praxis Project is a national nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems. Committed to closing the health gap facing communities of color, the Praxis Project’s goal is to increase the capacity of communities to be effective advocates, leaders, and catalysts for the policy decisions that affect their lives.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an independent philanthropy devoted to improving health policy and practice. The foundation works with a diverse group of dedicated people and organizations to address problems at their roots and achieve its mission to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans —particularly for the most vulnerable groups. Since the early 1990s, RWJF has supported hundreds of tobacco prevention and control grants in four main strategic areas: policy research, advocacy and coalition building, tobacco cessation, and communications.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is charged with improving the quality and availability of services relating to substance abuse and mental health. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is the focal point for the identification and promotion of strategies to prevent substance abuse, including tobacco use. CSAP oversees implementation of the Synar Amendment, which requires states to have laws in place to prevent youth access to tobacco products, and to enforce those laws effectively.

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Last updated 1/18/13