Reducing Tobacco-Related Cancer Prevalence through College and University Policy Change

About This Grant:

The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine (BEC) through programming, materials and technical assistance plans to increase the number of colleges and universities in Maine that adopt best practice tobacco-free campus policies. Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and accounts for nearly a third of all cancer-related deaths. Nearly all tobacco users begin using tobacco products before the age of 26, making prevention through policy and environmental change necessary to reduce youth and young adult tobacco initiation and to tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

The Coalition will increase outreach to colleges and universities through the creation and distribution of a policy implementation and communications guide, development of policy change case studies, direct communication with colleges and universities and providing technical assistance for policy change.

MAINE CANCER FOUNDATION GRANTS TO THIS ORGANIZATION:

Year Grant Title Category Amount Grant Recipient
2015 Addressing Disparities in Tobacco Use and Exposure through Policy and Environmental Change Prevention, Tobacco $74,101 Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine
2015 Reducing Tobacco-Related Cancer Prevalence through College and University Policy Change Prevention, Tobacco $39,140 Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine