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American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative

Thank you for your interest in the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI)!  Since its inception in 2016, with generous support from the CVS Health Foundation, ACS has provided grants of up to $20,000 to 97, post-secondary institutions across the U.S, to adopt 100% smoke and tobacco-free campus policies. Our grantee institutions range from small, private colleges, to large, research universities who have, together, been able to positively affect the lives of over 1.4 million students and all of the faculty, staff and visitors on those campuses.

In addition to grants, our awardees have received technical assistance through resources such as webinars, in-person trainings, one-one-one consultations with experts and peer-to-peer exchanges.

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for the grant program. If you are interested in becoming a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free campus, please visit our website, for available resources.

To see a list of all 97 TFGCI grantee institutions, click here.


Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the United States, more than 1 million are projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking. 1  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.

This initiative addresses a critical need and is being supported by the CVS Health Foundation, the private foundation of CVS Health, whose purpose is helping people on their path to better health.  The CVS Health Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that help people lead tobacco-free lives and creating the first tobacco-free generation.  With these far-reaching goals in mind, CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation recently announced their #BeTheFirst initiative, which is a five-year, $50 million commitment to deliver the first tobacco-free generation. 

American Cancer Society Center for Tobacco Control

The creation of the Society’s Center for Tobacco Control reflects our organization’s enhanced focus on combating the tobacco epidemic, which remains responsible for fully 30 % of all cancer deaths in the United States. While tobacco control and prevention efforts in the 50 years since the release of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health have saved an estimated 8 million lives in the U.S., during the same period cigarette smoking cost our nation a devastating 20 million lives, including 2.5 million lives due to exposure to secondhand smoke, confirming tobacco’s relentless role as our nation’s leading preventable cause of death. In recognition of this challenge, we launched the new Center to play a leadership role, domestically and globally, in accelerating the reduction of tobacco use and elimination of tobacco-caused cancers and death. 

Among the Center’s top priorities are the adoption and implementation of policies requiring smoke- and tobacco-free in all workplaces, public places, and other important venues such as multi-unit residential settings. At the same time, the Society is also addressing major new tobacco challenges and opportunities, taking an increasingly proactive role in addressing the changing tobacco landscape.

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2 (U.S. Surgeon General, 2012,; U.S. Surgeon General, 2014,