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Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative

TFGCI Grant Program Update

Thank you for your interest in the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) program. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Cancer Society has stopped accepting new applications. We regret that the request for applications issued previously with a deadline of June 15, 2020, has been cancelled until further notice.  Please check back at this website for future updates.

If you are currently working or plan to work on adopting a stronger smoke- and tobacco-free policy on your college/university campus, please visit for helpful resources.


As of January 2, 2020 at least 2,487 campuses are 100% smoke-free. Of those, 2,062 are also 100% tobacco-free, and 2,094 also prohibit e-cigarette use. However, much remains to be done. A recent study in the journal Tobacco Control found that only 16.7% of accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. had 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policies in 2017 and slightly more than 25% of full- and part-time college students, faculty and staff were covered by a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free campus policy. 1

Also, while approximately 90% of smokers start by age 18, fully 99 % start by age 26, underscoring the importance of supporting those in the young adult age group with more effective prevention and cessation efforts while eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and all tobacco use in their learning environments. 2

To address this issue, the American Cancer Society, under the direction of its Center for Tobacco Control, launched – the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) – which provides grants to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses across the nation.

Since its inception in 2016, with generous support from the CVS Health Foundation, ACS has provided grants of up to $20,000 to 106, post-secondary institutions across the U.S, to adopt 100% smoke and tobacco-free campus policies. Our current grantee institutions range from small, private colleges, to large, research universities; and who, together, have the opportunity to positively affect the lives of over 1.7 million students and all of the faculty, staff and visitors on those campuses.

A list of all 106 TFGCI grantee institutions can be found here.

ACS Center for Tobacco Control

Tobacco prevention and cessation efforts have saved tens of millions of lives in the U.S. and globally. Yet cigarette smoking continues to kill 480,000 people each year in the U.S and millions more abroad, confirming tobacco’s uniquely destructive role as the #1 preventable cause of death and disability worldwide. To more effectively address this challenge, the American Cancer Society (ACS) launched its Center for Tobacco Control (the Center) in 2015 to enhance the American Cancer Society’s historic commitment to accelerating the reduction of tobacco use and the elimination of tobacco-caused cancers and death.

The Center’s overarching priority is to combat tobacco-related health disparities in communities suffering from higher tobacco use rates and disproportionate incidence of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. While smoking prevalence among adults and youth has fallen to historic lows, the tobacco epidemic today is driven in large part by disproportionately higher smoking rates in certain at-risk populations, including individuals in lower education and/or socioeconomic groups, from certain racial/ethnic groups, living with mental illness and/or substance use (behavioral health) conditions; and active duty and retired military.

1 Blake KD, Klein AL, Walpert L, et al. Smoke-free and tobacco-free colleges and universities in the United States. Tobacco Control Published Online First: 02 July 2019. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054829

2 Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youths, Surgeon General fact sheet: