The major cigarette companies are sending materials to schools,
claiming to support school anti-smoking efforts. In fact, these
materials are being developed and distributed by the tobacco
companies to promote their own public relations goals and political
strategies. In addition, the cigarette companies'
"anti-smoking" posters, book covers, and other materials
have not been proven effective, and using them sends kids a harmful
mixed message. Fortunately, schools do not have to rely on the
cigarette companies for anti-youth-smoking posters, handouts,
videos, and the like. There are plenty of effective
tobacco-prevention materials readily available that are not tainted
by tobacco-industry links.
The following is a partial list of non-profit and government
sources for tobacco-prevention information and materials that is
available free of charge or at a very low cost.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention Ė Tobacco Information and Prevention Source
offers a variety of tobacco-related materials. Educational
can be downloaded from the website and orders can be placed
through the publications catalog (www.cdc.gov/tobacco/pubs.htm).
Multi-lingual fact sheets, posters, and other materials may also
be ordered by calling (770) 488-5705 (select 3 to speak to a
The American Lung Association
smoking prevention and cessation programs for teens and on asthma
education and indoor air quality. For more information on programs
in your area, call your local American Lung Association at
Tar Wars (www.tarwars.org),
supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians, targets
fourth- and fifth-graders with an award-winning education program
and poster contest. Winning posters and merchandise can be ordered
at the Tar Wars Store
or by calling 800-944-0000 and requesting the item number. You can
also call 1-800-TAR-WARS or send a request via e-mail to email@example.com.
The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
(www.health.org) offers a
range of tobacco-specific materials, including pamphlets, posters,
booklets, etc. available through its catalog
Orders can be made by phone 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free) or (240)
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
list of tobacco-related materials
identifies additional materials available through the National
Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (see above).
National African American Tobacco Education Network
provides resources on tobacco-use prevention specific to African
American communities and populations, including materials for
physicians and dentists. For more information, visit their Resources
or call (888) 442-2836.
Oral Health America's National Spit Tobacco Education Program, has
both print and video materials available on the dangers of spit
tobacco. These materials can be ordered online
or by phone at (312) 836-9900.
State Resources Available to Others:
The Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California
(TECC) provides materials free of charge to agencies and schools
funded by the state's tobacco control program. Other agencies and
schools, including those in other states, may order low-cost
educational materials from the TECC Education Materials Catalog online
or by calling (831) 438-4822, ext. 103.
The Massachusetts Tobacco Education Clearinghouse
is a Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program project that provides
materials and other services to support tobacco education efforts
across that state. Materials are available by purchase for use in
other states by sending a request via email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by phone at (617) 428-9485, or by fax at (617) 482-0617.
Oregon Tobacco Education Clearinghouse
has a catalog of posters, videos, pamphlets and booklets available
online or by calling 1-888-412-1701. Materials provided by the
Clearinghouse are available free of charge, but will not be
shipped outside of Oregon without prior Division approval.
Arizona Prevention Resource Center
operates a Clearinghouse Library
Prevention_Resources.htm) in Phoenix, an extensive library
loan system for books, videos, curricula, displays, puppets,
academic journals, educational CD ROMS and interactive educational
models. Arizona residents can stop by the clearinghouse or order
brochures and other printed materials by visiting the online bulk
literature catalog on their Web site.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, February 6, 2007 /
Campaign Fact Sheets (available at www.tobaccofreekids.org)
- Big Surprise: Tobacco Company
Prevention Campaigns Donít Work; Maybe Itís Because They Are
Not Supposed To
- How Schools Can Help Students Stay
- School Based Programs Reduce
- How Parents Can Protect Their Kids
From Becoming Addicted Smokers
- Tobacco Harm to Kids
- Smoking & Kids
- Smokeless (Spit) Tobacco &
- The Path to Smoking Addiction
Starts at Very Young Ages
- Smoking and Other Drug Use
- Tobacco Company Marketing To Kids
- Cigarette Companies Cannot Survive
Unless Kids Smoke
- Philip Morris & Targeting Kids
- A Long History of Empty Promises:
The Tobacco Industry's Youth Anti-Tobacco Programs