Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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RWJF Website

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.

History of RWJF

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK)

1995 - 2006 Program Results Report

  • Very informative report, 45 pages

RWJF: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids in 1995 (renaming it the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids [CTFK] in 1996). CTFK promotes policy and environmental changes that will prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among children, as well as changes that will minimize the harm caused by tobacco. Other funders include the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • Dates of Program: January 1996 to September 2007
  • From 1996 to 2006, CTFK:
    • Advocated for regulation of tobacco products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and others.
    • Launched Faith United Against Tobacco in 2002 to mobilize faith communities of all denominations to support proven solutions to reduce smoking.
    • Provided technical assistance to state and local coalitions working on three main tobacco-control goals: strong clean indoor air laws, tobacco tax increases and increased state funding of tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
    • Became a national voice and brand for youth tobacco control.
    • Conducted communications activities to increase the awareness among media, policy-makers and national thought leaders of tobacco control as a pressing public health issue. According to CTFK's president Matt Myers, aggressive work by the campaign's communications arm to focus on tobacco as a public health issue has changed the way the media cover the subject.


For Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Tobacco Is a Social-Justice Issue

The Tobacco Campaigns

  • In 1991 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) began to tackle one of the most intractable problems in the field of public health—tobacco addiction.

The Tobacco Campaigns of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Collaborators, 1991– 2010

  • Twenty years ago the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation decided to put our name and substantial financial and human resources behind a bold initiative to reduce tobacco use in this country. For two decades, RWJF has been working with partners in government, education, philanthropy and the private sector to make literally the air that we breathe safe to inhale and to free many Americans from a gripping, destructive addiction to which they were seduced in their youth. (Report is 53 pages)

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has been America’s primary source of legal technical assistance on tobacco control policy since 2003. We have helped shape much of the legal infrastructure of our nation’s response to the tobacco epidemic.
  • Based in Minnesota and works with affiliated legal centers serving California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York.
  • The Consortium has been nationally recognized as a “go to” resource on tobacco policy for years. In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Consortium its National/Regional Collaboration Award for our collaborative approach to legal technical assistance. Today, among our other work, we serve as a consultant to the CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health on the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
  • The Consortium’s legal team is the primary source of legal technical assistance on tobacco-related issues in the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Partners Launch Public Health Law Network

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is providing initial funding for the Public Health Law Network and hopes that other organizations will also work with the Network as it expands. The Network is divided includes five regional centers serving the United States at the following academic institutions:
    • The Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law (which also serves as the National Coordinating Center for the Network)
    • The University of Maryland School of Law working with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • University of Michigan School of Public Health
    • North Carolina Institute for Public Health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health working with the National Health Law Program
    • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University working with the University of New Mexico School of Law
  • The Public Health Law Network complements RWJF’s other programs that explore and support policy and legal solutions to health problems, including the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), Public Health Law Research and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

Center for Public Health Law Research

Funders - Center for Public Health Law Research

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Centers For Disease Control And Prevention
  • National Institutes Of Health
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • University Of California San Francisco

Public Health Law Center

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Partners Launch Public Health Law Network

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is providing initial funding for the Public Health Law Network.

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