CVS partners with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The CVS Health Foundation said last week that it has formed a partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) through the “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” program, which will provide grants to organizations implementing health strategies to reduce youth tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The CVS Health Foundation made a $5 million, five-year commitment to CTFK. "Together with the CVS Health Foundation, we hope we can raise even more awareness of the serious problem of tobacco use, which virtually always begins with youth, and accelerate progress toward our shared vision of a tobacco-free generation," CTFK President Matthew Myers said. "This innovative partnership comes as we mark one year since the announcement that CVS/pharmacy locations would no longer sell tobacco products, demonstrating the ongoing commitment of CVS Health and its foundation to continue to help people live tobacco-free."

The grant initiative will fund programs that help decrease tobacco use in youth, increase youth engagement in tobacco prevention, and educate the public about problems of and solutions to youth tobacco use. The first recipients of the grant will be announced on March 18, which is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' day of activism called “Kick Butts Day. “

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