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Chronic Disease and Injury Section
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Note: This site documents N.C.’s work on making public schools tobacco free, from 2000 until state law went into effect in 2008, and is provided as a resource for states and communities currently working to make their schools tobacco free. Factual information reflects research and data from 2000-2008.


We are fortunate in North Carolina to have the support of a wide array of local, state and national organizations working collaboratively to help prevent and reduce teen tobacco use. The following list of key partners on the state and national level is meant to provide additional support to your school districts for advancing 100% tobacco-free school policies.

North Carolina Organizations

American Cancer Society, Southeast Division

Fresh Start program for adult smoking cessation, Great American Smoke-out information and materials, Smoke Scream, educational materials and quit smoking resources. Call for phone numbers and locations of regional offices.

American Lung Association of North Carolina
14 Daniels St. #109
Raleigh, NC, 27605
Phone: 919-424-6069

The American Lung Association of North Carolina is dedicated to eliminating lung disease and fostering healthy breathing for all people through prevention, outreach, education, research, and advocacy.

North Carolina Alliance for Health
Phone: 919-463-8328

Promotes the approval of policies at the state and local levels to reduce tobacco use and its impact on the health and economic well-being of North Carolinians.

North Carolina Comprehensive School Health Training Center
Appalachian State University
Donna Breitenstein, Ph.D.
PO Box 32047
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-265-8625

Teacher training in two curriculum-based programs for middle school and junior high school students: Project Towards No Tobacco (TNT) and Life Skills Training (LST).

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch

Educational materials, scientific information and statistics. Consultation on smoke-free policies, contact with quit smoking resources. Information on local coalitions.

Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP)
Phone: 919-843-8354

The Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program is located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Medicine. TPEP facilitates community change through research, evaluation, and implementation of tobacco prevention and control programs.

National Organizations

American Heart Association

Educational materials, quit smoking resources, volunteer opportunities. Call for phone numbers of regional office.

American Lung Association

Smoking cessation resources – including the Not On Tobacco (NOT) program for teen cessation. Call for phone numbers of local office.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR)

Teens As Teachers tobacco use prevention training program, in which high schoolers teach elementary students about tobacco, and “How to Butt In: teens Take Action Guidebook.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Office of Smoking and Health
4770 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: 800-CDC-1331

Maintains resources and information on youth and adult tobacco use, publications, and educational materials in an online catalogue, as well as resources for parents, educators, and youth group leaders.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
1400 I Street NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-296-5469

Provides information and resources on youth tobacco use, including up-to-date, state-by-state information on the costs of tobacco.