We Are Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free

The California School-Based Health Alliance is one of the first four grant recipients of the “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” grant program – a five-year, $5 million commitment of the CVS Health Foundation, a private foundation created by CVS Health, to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Embedded image permalinkThe $70,000 grant has been awarded to the California School-Based Health Alliance as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives and to making the next generation tobacco-free. The “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” grant will help California School-Based Health Alliance increase the capacity of school-based health centers (SBHC) to implement youth-led tobacco prevention programs and educate kids throughout California. Currently, 10.5 percent of high school students in California smoke and 21,300 kids under the age of 18 become daily smokers each year. With this grant, California School-Based Health Alliance plans to provide training for SBHC staff and reach 2,000 youth with tobacco-prevention education.

This announcement coincides with Kick Butts Day, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and mobilize their communities. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.

“We are honored to receive one of the first ‘Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free’ grants from the CVS Health Foundation to help us end youth tobacco use,” said Janine Saunders, Senior Project Director at the California School-Based Health Alliance. “Currently, 10.5 percent of high school students in California smoke and 21,300 kids under the age of 18 become daily smokers each year. Through the support we are receiving from the CVS Health Foundation, we will help reduce the number of youth who smoke and continue to raise youth tobacco awareness, prevention and advocacy in our local communities.”

“We’re excited to celebrate Kick Butts Day by showing our commitment to helping young people in our local communities lead tobacco-free lives through our partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re so proud to support the dedicated work of our grantees, including the California School-Based Health Alliance, who share our goal to educate young people about the dangers of tobacco in the hopes of making the next generation tobacco-free.”

About California School-Based Health Alliance

We are the statewide nonprofit organization working to improve the health and academic success of children and youth by advancing health services in schools. Read more about us.

About CVS Health                                                                                                                                                                               

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health.

About the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.