CVS Health Foundation Awards Grants to Anti-Smoking Campaigns

The , in partnership with the , has announced seven grants that are part of a $5 million, five-year commitment to programs aimed at educating young people about the dangers of tobacco.

Announced on "Kick Butts Day," the initial grants in CVS Health's five-year, $50 million initiative were awarded through the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' program. Recipients include the, in support of training high school youth to administer a statewide tobacco education program for younger kids; (GASP), to expand its reach into more communities; the , to address youth tobacco use through a musician mentorship program; and the , to help build a network of trained youth and adult leaders who actively support efforts to reduce the impact of tobacco use.

Grants also were awarded to the , which will use the funds to educate at-risk youth and their families in low-income communities about the risks of e-cigarettes; , which will apply its grant to a teen activity program that provides intervention programming and interactive workshops; and the , which will use the funds to integrate tobacco prevention training and activities into existing direct service mentoring programs for elementary and middle school youth.

"In just one year, we've seen great progress from our grantees awarded through our partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids," said CVS Health Foundation president Eileen Howard Boone. "We're proud to provide support to organizations that are helping to empower youth to speak out on tobacco issues in their communities. By working together, we can help deliver the first tobacco-free generation."

"." CVS Health Foundation Press Release 03/16/2016.