Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative

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Thank you for your interest in joining the American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) supported by the CVS Health Foundation!  We are excited to be able to provide grants to colleges and universities dedicated to the movement of going 100% smoke- or 100% tobacco-free!

Please read our Grant Guidelines document for detailed information about the grant, including the application process. We look forward to receiving your grant applications and supporting documents. Good luck!

Congratulations to TFGCI’s first cohort of 20 grantee institutions: Bowling Green State University, California State University – San Marcos, Davenport University, East Carolina University, El Paso Community College, Indiana University – Bloomington, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Merritt College, Montclair State University, Oakland University, Penn State University, Piedmont Community College, Saint Mary's College of California, Springfield College, St. Xavier University, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, University of Michigan; and University of Pennsylvania.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 5:00PM EDT


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 new Center for Tobacco Control, is launching a bold new initiative – the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) – which will provide 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. 

In addition to grants, awardees will receive technical assistance throughout the policy planning and implementation process. Technical assistance will be provided through webinars, online resources and limited one-on-one consultations.

To Apply

The application and supporting documents for the TFGCI grant must be submitted using the American Cancer Society email address:

All details regarding the application are in the Grant Guidelines document found in the link below. Please note that you must follow all instructions in our Grant Guidelines and Grant Application documents in order to be considered.

Please click here for the application and all supporting documents.


Grant applications are due by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5PM EDT.  Applications submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed.  Notice of awards will be announced in May, 2017.

American Cancer Society Center for Tobacco Control

The creation of the Society’s new 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 related to the rapidly emerging market for electronic smoking products, including e-cigarettes.


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